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                                                  doha dubai
                                             abu dhabi                        mumbai [bombay]
                                                               A r ab i an
                                                                   S ea                 B ay o f
                                                                                         B e ng al

                                                                                cochin
                                                                                  colombo             phuket
From the maharajahs of India
                                                                                                        penang
                                                                                    A d am an S e a

to modern-day Dubai, this                                                                    singapore
                                                         I nd i an O c e an
two-week passage presents an

intricately woven tapestry of

vastly different worlds. You can

visit Little India and Chinatown                            SEVEN SEAS VOYAGER

in Singapore. Then follow the
                                   SEGMENT 5
spice route to the premier Asian   SINGAPORE TO DUBAI
                                   MARCH 18, 2009                                                      15 DAYS | 14 NIGHTS
resorts of Penang and Phuket,
                                   DATE           PORT                                                      ARRIVE   DEPART

and across the Bay of Bengal to    Mar 18   W     Singapore                                                           5pm
                                   19       TH    Penang (Georgetown), Malaysia            3pm                        8pm
India’s Malabar Coast. Explore     20        F    Phuket, Thailand                         8am                        4pm
                                   21        S    Cruise the Andaman Sea
the stunning backwaters of
                                   22       SU    Cruise the Bay of Bengal
Cochin, discover “Golden           23       M     Colombo, Sri Lanka                       7am                        7pm
                                   24        T    Cochin, India                            1pm                        8pm
Goa,” and see the Caves of                        Special shore event included
                                   25       W     Cruise the Southwest Coast of India
Elephanta from Mumbai. Then
                                   26       TH    Mumbai (Bombay), India                   8am                        6pm
sail across the Indian Ocean to    27-28    F-S   Cruise the Arabian Sea
                                   29       SU    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates          1pm                       10pm
Abu Dhabi, the “Garden City of     30       M     Doha, Qatar                              9am                        6pm
                                   31        T    Dubai, United Arab Emirates (overnight) 8am
the Gulf” and tiny Qatar, with
                                   Apr 1    W     Dubai, United Arab Emirates            Debark
its magnificent sand dunes.

For the grand finale, enjoy an                                                                                                w w w. R S S C . c o m


overnight in Dubai, posh

showplace of the Persian Gulf.
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                                                                                                          In preparation for your trip, you will receive a survival kit, or sling bag,
                        SINGAPORE                                                                      that will contain such essential items as a map, bottled water, coins for
                        M A R C H           1 8 ,     2 0 0 9                                          subway fare, tiger balm, sandalwood fan, and snack bar. Each group
                                                                                                       will depart separately, and the tour will end with all groups converging
                                                                                                       at Raffles Hotel for a refreshing Singapore Sling.
                        Founding Footsteps of Raffles • SIN-1905                                          Afterward, you will be transferred via air-conditioned coach back
                        Duration: 35 Hours                                                             to the ship.
                        Transport: Air-Conditioned Coach and Boat                                      please note: This is an active, fast-paced tour that involves extensive walking. The
                                                                                                       route taken may change depending on the time of the year, and number of partic-
                                                                                                       ipants involved.
                        Discover how the vision of one of Singapore’s founding fathers came to
                        fruition during a scenic tour of this historic island.                         Orchids and Tea • SIN-008
                           Long ago, Sir Stamford Raffles had a vision of transforming Singapore       Duration: 4 Hours
                        into a vital international port and trading center for the Far East. This      Transport: Air-Conditioned Coach
                        tour will retrace the course of that dream come true.
                           Depart the pier for a picturesque boat ride down the Singapore River.
                        For centuries, the bumboat shuttled goods around Singapore from the
                        trading ships, but today serves to steer us through a kaleidoscope             Explore a pair of Singapore’s landmarks during this memorable tour of
                        of historic river and harbor images, including the Godown warehouses           the Singapore Botanic Gardens, and a visit to the world-renowned
                        and shop houses, six British bridges and the gracious buildings of             Raffles Hotel.
                        the old waterfront. During your boat ride, you will take in splendid views        Depart the pier for the drive to the remarkable Botanic Gardens,
                        of these sites, all set against the towering skyline of the business and       where you will find a superb collection of tropical plant life. Spread over
                        hotel district.                                                                128 acres, the gardens are home to over 4,000 species of plant life,
                           Along the way, a stop will be made at the newly restored Asian              including many rare specimens. Upon arrival, you will take a stroll
                        Civilizations Museum, located adjacent to the Singapore River at               through this lush tropical park. Along the way, you will view the world’s
                        Empress Place. Inside the museum, you can trace the ancestral cultures         largest orchid collection, which features more than 20,000 plants
                        of Singapore and the region. Afterward, your journey will continue with        displayed in a natural setting.
                        a visit to a Chinese temple dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy, Kuan               Next, your drive will continue on along Orchard Road, the city’s glossy
                        Yin. No historic trail would be complete without paying homage to the          hotel, shopping and entertainment district, en route to Raffles, one of
                        legendary Raffles Hotel, where a photo stop will be made.                      the world’s most famous hotels. Often described as the quintessence
                           Following your tour, you will be transferred back to the pier and ship.     of the grand Oriental hotel, Raffles Hotel hosts an impressive roll call
                        please note: Proper dress is required to enter Raffles Hotel; guests wearing
                                                                                                       of famous guests that include Rudyard Kipling, Herman Hesse, Noel
                        shorts will not be permitted to enter.                                         Coward and Charlie Chaplin, to name a few. Upon arrival, some time will
                                                                                                       be made available to take in your spectacular surroundings, including
                                                                                                       the Tiffin Room, Palm Garden, Writer’s Bar and Long Bar.
                        Ins and Outs of Singapore • SIN-7213                                              Your tour will conclude with a High Tea comprised of English tea and
                        Duration: 4 Hours                                                              a buffet of local favorites.
                        Transport: Subway, Boat, Trishaw and Coach
                                                                                                       please note: Proper dress is required to enter Raffles Hotel; guests wearing
                                                                                                       shorts will not be permitted to enter.

                        Travel around Singapore the way the locals do during this half-day             Panoramic Singapore • SIN-007
                        tour that explores the highlights of the city via subway, boat, trishaw
                                                                                                       Duration: 3 Hours
                        and coach.
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                           Depart the pier for a unique, hands-on tour of Singapore. Along             Transport: Air-Conditioned Coach
                        the way, you will get around the city by utilizing various modes of

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                        transportation, including the MRT (subway), riverboat and trishaw.
                        For a more personalized experience, each group will be limited to a            Explore the diverse cultures, people and historic sites of Singapore
                        maximum of 10 participants and escorted by a guide for a walking tour          during this panoramic tour of the city.
                        of the city’s main highlights. During your tour, you will visit Chinatown,       Depart the pier by coach for a relaxing tour of Singapore. Along the
                        or Bugis Village, the Singapore Riviera, Central District and legendary        way, you will drive through the business district and historic Colonial
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                        SINGAPORE                                                                              Round Island Tour • SIN-001
                                                                                                               Duration: 6 Hours
                        M A R C H             1 8 ,      2 0 0 9
                                                                                                               Transport: Air-Conditioned Coach

                        area, where splendid architecture and foliage combine to create the
                        perfect backdrop for photographing the landmarks of Singapore.                         Discover the many interesting insights into life outside of Singapore
                           Next, you will catch a glimpse of Singapore’s cultural aspects during               during a scenic tour that encircles this bustling island city.
                        a visit to Little India, a fascinating area teeming with shop houses                      Depart the pier for the drive to the Pasir Panjang Wholesale Center,
                        and flamboyant temples. You will then proceed for a visit to the Arab                  a wet market where many typical Singapore families buy vegetables and
                        Quarter, where you will find a different side of Islam among the mosques               food for home cooking. You will then explore the northern part of the
                        and outgoing lifestyle. A stop will be made here at a local coffee shop                island with a visit to Kranji Dam, once a swampy area used as the first
                        just outside the Malay Heritage Center before continuing on to Old                     landing spot for Japanese advance boats during World War II. From here,
                        Chinatown, which bustles with frenetic street merchants.                               you will have a clear view across the water to Johore Bahru, Malaysia’s
                           Your tour will conclude with a drive down Orchard Road, which is                    southernmost city.
                        renowned for its Western-style department stores and couturier houses,                    Next, you will continue on to the Kranji War Memorial. Unveiled in
                        before returning to the pier.                                                          1957, this is the last resting-place for many of the Allied soldiers, and
                        please note: This tour has been specially created for our guests who do not wish       more than 20,000 men and women who lost their lives in World War II.
                        to walk. Stops on this tour will be limited to brief photo stops and one refreshment   Following your visit, you will proceed for a Chinese lunch at the Orchid
                        stop. Each guest will have a window seat on the coach to maximize the quality of       Country Club, a golf club in Northern Singapore. After lunch, a stop
                        sightseeing.                                                                           will be made at Bright Hill Temple, a famous Chinese ancestral place
                                                                                                               of worship.
                        Peranakan Trail • SIN-009                                                                 The final loop of the tour will take you to Changi. Driving past the
                        Duration: 45 Hours                                                                     Johore Battery, you will have an opportunity to view a replica of the
                                                                                                               15-inch Monster Gun, the largest to be installed outside Britain during
                        Transport: Air-Conditioned Coach
                                                                                                               World War II. Your last stop will be at the Changi Chapel and Museum,
                                                                                                               which focuses on the memories and lives of the POWs and civilian
                                                                                                               internees who survived the Japanese occupation. The Changi Chapel is
                        Explore the unique Southeast Asian Peranakan culture during an                         a symbolic replica of the chapel at the infamous Changi Prison, the same
                        informative guided tour of the Peranakan Museum, along with a visit to                 one noted in James Calvell’s King Rat.
                        the Spice Gardens and an authentic Peranakan lunch.                                       Following your visit, you will re-board your coach for the return drive
                           In the Malay language, the term Peranakan means child of, or born                   to the pier.
                        of, and refers to persons of mixed ethnicity. It is most commonly
                        applied to the mixed Chinese-indigenous communities that developed
                                                                                                               Singapore Odyssey • SIN-002
                        in the trading ports of Melaka, Singapore and Penang as far back as the
                        15th century.                                                                          Duration: 6 Hours
                           Depart the pier for the drive to the Peranakan Museum. Here, state-                 Transport: Air-Conditioned Coach
                        of-the-art display technology and educational interactive presentations
                        will enhance the Peranakans’ rich material legacy and heritage. The main
                        themes of Peranakan life are displayed in ten permanent galleries that                 Discover Singapore’s contrasting mix of cultures and history during this
                        include the elaborate 12-day Peranakan wedding, the role of the Nonyas,                scenic and informative tour of the city.
                        prominent Peranakans in Singapore’s history, and food and feasting;                       Depart the pier for the drive into Chinatown. Upon arrival, you will
                        a favorite Singaporean pastime. You will also learn how modern-day                     leave your coach for a walk through its alleyways and a visit to the
                        Peranakans have evolved with their culture.                                            Chinatown Heritage Center. Housed within three traditional shop
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                           You will then proceed to Fort Canning’s Spice Gardens to uncover the                houses, each level of the Heritage Center will take you back to a different
                        intricacies of spice and herbs used in Asian cooking. You will identify                period in Chinatown’s history, and enable you to trace the lives of its
                        different species of plants, observe where seeds grow and learn how to
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                                                                                                               early occupants. The hard life of the migrants resulted in many of them
                        look for the best leaf. From here, you will proceed to an authentic                    seeking solace in the four evils: opium smoking, prostitution, gambling
                        Peranakan restaurant for a four-course Peranakan lunch before                          and secret societies.
                        re-boarding your coach for the return drive to the pier.                                  Next, your tour will continue on with a visit to exotic Little India. Upon
                        please note: Lunch includes two glasses of beer or wine.                               arrival, you will be greeted by the strong, heady scent of spices and
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                        SINGAPORE                                                                                The Way We Live • SIN-004
                                                                                                                 Duration: 4 Hours
                        M A R C H             1 8 ,       2 0 0 9
                                                                                                                 Transport: Air-Conditioned Coach and Sub

                        jasmine garlands, followed by a treasure trove of silverware, brassware,
                        woodcarvings, traditional rattan, and colorful silk saris. From here, you
                                                                                                                 Don’t miss this unique opportunity to observe and experience the
                        will proceed to the bustling Arab Street, the old center of the Malay
                                                                                                                 Singaporean lifestyle during a scenic and informative tour of the city.
                        community. Today, Arab Street is abundant with glittering and lavish
                                                                                                                    Depart the pier for the drive to the Singapore City Gallery for an
                        fashion items that include the finest lace, sparkling semi-precious
                                                                                                                 overview of how urban planning shapes the way its people live, work
                        stones, ostrich feathers, iron-on diamantes, gold thread, wholesale bales
                                                                                                                 and play in an island the size of 60 football fields. During your visit, you
                        of silk, and organza in dazzling rainbow hues.
                                                                                                                 will see a finely detailed architectural model that offers an amazing
                           Your tour will conclude with a visit to Raffles Hotel. Hotel founder
                                                                                                                 bird’s-eye view of downtown Singapore.
                        Tigran Sarkies, who opened the original Tiffin Rooms, came up with the
                                                                                                                    Next, you will visit Toa Payoh, a first-generation New Town built in the
                        idea to provide patrons with the convenience of a light mid-day meal in
                                                                                                                 late-1960s to solve Singapore’s acute shortage of proper housing. Upon
                        the heart of Singapore’s business district. After more than a century, the
                                                                                                                 arrival, you will walk through the Housing Development Board
                        Tiffin remains an integral part of dining at Raffles, and has become a rite
                                                                                                                 (HDB) Gallery to view a typical layout of the various towns, along with
                        of passage for all patrons of the hotel. The restaurant serves a lunch
                                                                                                                 models of the various types of flats in which Singaporeans live. Today,
                        buffet of Northern Indian cuisine. You will have an opportunity to browse
                                                                                                                 87% of the population lives in an HDB flat.
                        the corridors of this historic landmark hotel before re-boarding your
                                                                                                                    You will then continue on for a stroll through the Town Center, where
                        coach for the return drive to the pier.
                                                                                                                 you can mingle with the local people and browse the neighborhood
                        please note: This tour involves approximately 1.5 miles of walking, mainly over          shops. You will also view the many communal facilities that make the
                        level surfaces. Proper dress is required to enter Raffles Hotel; guests wearing shorts   town self-contained, including a bus interchange subway station,
                        will not be permitted to enter.                                                          schools, clinics, community centers, parks, a sport stadium, an
                                                                                                                 indoor sports hall, and a swimming pool complex. You will also see
                        Spirit of Singapore • SIN-219                                                            many places of worship and Singapore’s oldest Buddhist monastery,
                        Duration: 35 Hours                                                                       which is considered a National Monument for its historical and
                        Transport: Air-Conditioned Coach                                                         architectural value.
                                                                                                                    Finally, you will take a brief subway ride to Bishan, a second-
                                                                                                                 generation New Town that was designed and built in early-1990s to
                                                                                                                 accommodate the lifestyle of a more affluent and wealthier population.
                        Discover a wide array of diverse Asian cultures, lifestyles and sites old                A stop will be made here for refreshments at the local home of a
                        and new during this scenic visit to Singapore.                                           Singaporean family before being transferred back to the pier.
                            Modern Singapore is a city comprised of concrete, glass, freeways
                                                                                                                 please note: This tour involves approximately 1.5 hours of walking, mainly over
                        and shopping centers. Singapore features many diverse cultures and
                                                                                                                 level surfaces.
                        lifestyles from its waterfront to the Singapore River, once the thriving
                        heart of the city. In the bustling streets of Chinatown, fortune-tellers,
                        calligraphers and temple worshipers are still a part of everyday life.
                            You will depart the pier for a drive along the Colonial heart of
                        Singapore. Along the way, you will pass the Victoria Theater, Victoria
                        Memorial Hall, Parliament House, Supreme Court, City Hall, St.
                        Andrew’s Cathedral, Raffles Hotel, and Sultan Mosque before stopping
                        at the Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple. This magnificent structure is
                        Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple. During your visit, you will observe a
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                        profusion of deities carved all over its walls; its doors are adorned with
                        bells, and ceilings with splendid frescoes.
                            Next, you will proceed up Mount Faber for wonderful panoramic views
                        and photo opportunities of the city and harbor en route to the Botanical                                                                                                   w w w. R S S C . c o m
                        Gardens. Here, you will take a relaxing and enjoyable stroll amidst
                        exotic orchids in the new national orchid exhibit.
                            Following your tour, you will rejoin your coach and be dropped off at
                        the hotel, or returned to the ship at the Harborfront Center.
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                                                                                                           herbs and spices. During your visit, you will have an opportunity to take
                        PENANG [GEORGETOWN], MALAYSIA                                                      a stroll through this lush microcosm of tropical eco-systems, and enjoy
                        M A R C H            1 9 ,      2 0 0 9                                            its natural splendor.
                                                                                                           please note: At the entrance to the Butterfly Farm, there will be a charge for the
                                                                                                           use of video cameras (Ringgit 5.00).
                        Batik Creation Experience • PEN-002
                        Duration: 3 Hours
                        Transport: Air-Conditioned Vehicle                                                 Georgetown by Trishaw • PEN-6756
                                                                                                           Duration: 3 Hours
                                                                                                           Transport: Trishaw
                        Discover your artistic side while learning the ancient art of Batik during
                        this scenic and informative tour of Penang (Georgetown).
                           Depart the pier for the drive to the seaside district of Telok Bahang.          Explore the buildings, landmarks and places of worship that shaped the
                        Upon arrival, a local artisan will teach you the traditional way to make           cultural history of Georgetown during a unique trishaw tour of this
                        your own hand-drawn, 36-inch x 36-inch Batik cotton voile scarf using              illustrious city.
                        wax and dyes.                                                                          Depart Swettenham Pier aboard a trishaw, Penang’s King of the Road,
                           Malaysian Batik is created by four methods: block-printing, hand-               and travel along the heritage trail to the ornate and intricately crafted
                        drawn freestyle, silk-screening and tie-dyeing. Batik fabrics are typically        Khoo Clan Ancestral House. From here, your ride will continue along
                        cotton and silk. Block-printed Batik cloth is produced by dipping the              Jalan Mesjid Kapitan Keling, where you will see the Kapitan Keling
                        copper mould design in wax, then stamping and dyeing the material.                 Mosque, Goddess of Mercy Temple and Anglican St. George’s Church
                           After the first dyed color has dried, a second wax design is stamped            en route to the Penang Museum. Here, you will have an opportunity to
                        and the material is dyed again. After repeating this process two or                trace the island’s cultural history.
                        three times, the wax is melted away by boiling the cloth; resulting in                 After a delightful afternoon tea served in the charming, Old World
                        an intricate and beautifully colored design. After the necessary treatment         setting of the Eastern and Oriental Hotel, you will travel to the enclave
                        to set the colors, your handicraft design will be packed and mailed to             of Little India. During your visit, you will view the Sri Mahamariamman
                        your residence.                                                                    Temple, Penang’s oldest Hindu temple, and observe the activity
                           Following your visit, you will be transferred back to the pier.                 around you.
                                                                                                               Your tour will conclude with a ride past the State Assembly Buildings,
                        please note: Walking is limited on this tour. However, participants will have to
                        stand during most of the 1-hour workshop.                                          then along Light Street, the Town Hall and Fort Cornwallis, which faces
                                                                                                           the Esplanade. You will also see the Clock Tower at King Edward Circus
                                                                                                           that commemorates the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria’s rule.
                        Butterfly Farm and Spice Garden • PEN-108
                        Duration: 4 Hours                                                                  please note: Each trishaw operator will expect a small tip.
                        Transport: Air-Conditioned Coach
                                                                                                           Georgetown Heritage and Tea at the E & O • PEN-6757
                                                                                                           Duration: 4 Hours
                        Journey to the seaside district of Telok Bahang for a scenic visit to the          Transport: Air-Conditioned Coach
                        renowned Butterfly Farm and Tropical Spice Garden.
                            Depart the pier for the drive to Telok Behang. Upon arrival, you will
                        proceed for a scenic visit to the Butterfly Farm. A sanctuary for over             Explore Georgetown’s history and cultural during this orientation
                        120 species of exotic butterflies, the Butterfly Farm includes a hatchery          tour of the city, and afternoon tea at the Eastern and Oriental Hotel.
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                        and the Preserved Butterflies of the World Museum. The unique design                  Depart the pier for the drive past Fort Cornwallis, the site where Capt.
                        of the tropical setting on this fascinating tour will enable you to observe        Francis Light first landed, en route to the Penang Museum. Next, you
                        a live exhibition of insects, scorpions, tarantulas and other rare insect          will drive to the Thai temple of Wat Chayamangkalaram, which houses
                        species from the tropical jungle thriving in their natural environment.            the 108-foot long figure of the reclining Buddha. From here, you will                w w w. R S S C . c o m
                            Next, you will adjourn to the Tropical Spice Garden, an eight-acre             continue on to the Khoo Clan Ancestral House to admire its intricate
                        paradise showcasing a living collection of more than 500 species of local          carvings and woodwork.
                        and introduced flora, with an emphasis on the conservation of tropical
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                                                                                                       Peranakan culture is a melding of two distinct groups: Chinese settlers
                        PENANG [GEORGETOWN], MALAYSIA                                                  and local Malays. This unique pairing has since produced many
                        M A R C H           1 9 ,     2 0 0 9                                          interesting customs, foods and traditions.
                                                                                                          A visit will be made to the Pinang Peranakan Mansion to explore
                                                                                                       the opulent lifestyles of the Peranakans, and a thousand regional
                           Following afternoon tea served in the charming, Old World setting of
                                                                                                       antiques and collectibles. This late-19th-century mansion is a typical
                        the Eastern and Oriental Hotel, your tour will conclude with a stop at
                                                                                                       representation of the Straits’ eclectic style of architecture. Affectionately
                        the Chew Jetty, an early Chinese settlement where houses are built on
                                                                                                       known as the Sea Remembrance Store, or Hai Kee Chan, it once served
                        stilts along the waterfront.
                                                                                                       as the residence and office of Kapitan Cina Chung Keng Kwee. Though
                        please note:You must remove your shoes before entering the                     not a Baba, he selected this style of architecture because of its
                        Wat Chayamangkalaram Temple.                                                   association with wealth and substance.
                                                                                                          Next, you will continue on for a visit to the Kek Lok Si Temple, located
                        Penang and its Snake Temple • PEN-107                                          in the center of the island at the foothills of Air Itam Village. During your
                        Duration: 36 Hours                                                             visit, your guide will explain the Taoist and Buddhist worshipping rituals
                        Transport: Air-Conditioned Coach                                               practiced by the Chinese community. You will then view the tortoise
                                                                                                       sanctuary, the Hall of Wisdom, the seven-tiered pagoda and the image
                                                                                                       of the Goddess of Mercy.
                                                                                                          Your tour will conclude with a stop at the Chew Jetty, an early Chinese
                        This unique tour of Penang’s produce and textile industries concludes          settlement where houses are built on stilts along the waterfront.
                        with a rather unusual twist; a visit to the mysterious Snake Temple.
                           Depart the pier for the drive along the scenic northern coast, past the     please note: Participants will be asked to remove their shoes to enter some parts
                                                                                                       of the Kek Lok Si Temple. This tour involves extensive walking and climbing, and is
                        rows of luxury hotels at Batu Ferringhi, Penang’s most famous beach,
                                                                                                       not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilize a wheelchair.
                        then on to the seaside district of Telok Bahang, the Bay of Reflected
                        Heat. Upon arrival, a visit will be made to a handicraft factory to view the
                        process by which the colorful textile, batik, is made. Turning inland,         Penang’s Spice Trail • PEN-005
                        you will wind your way through fruit orchards and spice plantations            Duration: 3 Hours
                        abundant with clove and nutmeg, and pass by quaint Malay kampongs              Transport: Air-Conditioned Coach
                        en route to the unique Snake Temple.
                           The SnakeTemple was built in 1850 with funds donated from a
                        Scotsman cured of an incurable disease by a local priest. Snakes,              Explore Penang’s exotic flavors during this scenic and informative visit
                        mainly Wagler pit vipers, are kept in the temple, as they are believed to      and cooking demonstration at the Tropical Spice Garden.
                        be the disciples of the deity, Chor Soo Kong. The incense smoke keeps             Depart the pier for the drive to the Tropical Spice Garden. Upon
                        them sedate, and most of them have had their fangs extracted. If you are       arrival, you will take a walking tour amidst the lush green garden to learn
                        a willing subject, a photographer will be happy to adorn you with a snake      about the various spices grown here, and their functional and medicinal
                        for a souvenir photo. There is also a snake exhibition in the vicinity.        uses. Afterward, you will observe a cooking demonstration focusing on
                           Following your visit, you will re-board your coach for the return drive     the preparation of Indian-style pancakes, or tosai, and chicken masala.
                        to the pier via the eastern side of the island. Along the way, you will pass   During the cooking demonstration, you will learn about spice-grinding
                        the Penang Bridge, the longest in Southeast Asia.                              techniques utilizing a traditional grinding stone, and secrets on how to
                                                                                                       draw out the flavor and aroma from the spices.
                        Penang’s Lifestyle Walking Tour • PEN-003                                         Following the cooking demonstration, you will be invited to sample
                                                                                                       the piping hot dishes straight from the pan.
                        Duration: 36 Hours
                        Transport: Air-Conditioned Coach and On-Foot                                   please note: You will spend approximately 1 hour in the Tropical Spice Garden,
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                                                                                                       which features slightly hilly terrain and some steps along the way.


                        Explore Penang’s culture, lifestyle and people during a scenic and                                                                                                     w w w. R S S C . c o m

                        informative tour of this historic island.
                           Depart the pier for the scenic drive into Penang for a glimpse into the
                        rich cultural heritage of the Nyonya, Babas and Parankans. The
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                                                                                                               Next, you will step aboard a chartered motorboat for an extensive
                        PHUKET, THAILAND                                                                    tour of Phang Nga Bay, which is dotted with picturesque caves and
                        M A R C H            2 0 ,      2 0 0 9                                             limestone islands rising from the sea. As you travel through these
                                                                                                            unique formations, a stop will be made at Koh Panyi, an interesting
                                                                                                            sea-gypsy village with homes built on stilts above the water. Your boat
                        Aroma Vitality • PHU-002                                                            will also pass Koh Khao Ping Gun, where the James Bond movie The
                        Duration: 4 Hours                                                                   Man with the Golden Gun was filmed in 1974. Returning to shore, you
                        Transport: Air-Conditioned Vehicle                                                  will proceed for lunch at the Phang Nga Bay Resort, then visit Wat
                                                                                                            Tham Suwan Kuha, a cave temple dating back over 200 years. Inside,
                                                                                                            you will view numerous standing, reclining and seated Buddha statues.
                                                                                                               After re-boarding your coach, you will leave Phang Nga and be
                        Explore the age-old principles of medicinal massage and reflexology as              transferred back to Phuket. Prior to returning at the ship, a brief stop
                        practiced by Thailand’s Buddhist monks during this visit to the Chalong             will made for shopping at the Wang Thalang Souvenir Shop, which is
                        Temple, and a relaxing aroma therapy package.                                       located in the downtown area on the outskirts of Phuket.
                           Depart the pier for the scenic 3.5-mile drive south to visit the Chalong
                        Temple, Phuket’s largest and most sacred temple. It is best known for               please note: You may get splashed with seawater while riding the boats; a plastic
                                                                                                            bag is recommended for cameras and valuables. Although the Phang Na Bay Resort
                        its gold leaf-encrusted statues of three former abbots. One of them,
                                                                                                            Hotel is a very simple local hotel with minimal facilities, it is the best available
                        Luang Por Chem, was especially respected for his medical skills and
                                                                                                            venue for lunch and a convenient restroom stop. Please do not judge the resort by
                        magical powers, which he successfully used when the Chinese Army                    Western standards. Lunch includes soft drinks and local beer.
                        attacked Phuket at the turn of the 20th century.
                           Next, you will relax and unwind with a 2-hour aroma-therapy package
                        that incorporates both a 45-minute aromatic massage and 45-minute                   Phuket Heritage • PHU-4114
                        reflexology session. Medicinal massage is said to be a whole and total              Duration: 7 Hours
                        approach to wellness that enables one to feel in harmony with the                   Transport: Air-Conditioned Coach
                        rhythms of life. It was originally practiced 2,500 years ago by the
                        Buddhist monks of Thailand, and handed down from master to student
                        ever since. Medicinal massage combines acupuncture from China with                  Spend a day exploring the wonderful shrines, museums, temples and
                        yoga from India to open up the body energetically and physically.                   architecture of Thailand during this scenic visit to Phuket.
                           The highly calming aromatic massage you will receive combines the                   Depart the pier for the drive through Phuket City, the Jewel of the
                        therapeutic power of the olfactory senses with the healing power of                 Andaman Sea. Your tour will begin with a stop at the ancient Jui Tui
                        touch. Essential oils are highly penetrative, and help to soothe nerve              Chinese Shrine, where numerous Chinese God images are worshipped.
                        endings, increase the metabolism, and relieve aches and pains. The                  You will then continue on to the ancient Chin Pracha Mansion, a Phuket
                        reflexology treatment applies manual and digital pressure to the skin to            Heritage Site. This unique Sino-Portuguese-styled building is home to
                        revitalize energy and balance the whole system. Reflexology is very                 an extensive collection of antiques, and its structure and architecture
                        calming and relaxing, and helps to reduce stress and improve circulation.           combine to reflect its European and Chinese influences.
                        please note: The 2-hour aroma therapy package includes a 45-minute aromatic            Next, you will proceed for a visit to the Talang National Museum,
                        massage and 45-minute reflexology session. The minimum age to participate on this   located in the central part of the island. The museum houses a vast
                        tour is 18 years old.                                                               collection of artifacts found in the area, and ranging from different
                                                                                                            periods. During your visit, you will see various display rooms filled with
                                                                                                            local handicrafts from Phuket’s tin mining history and the war with
                        Phang Nga Bay • PHU-4128
                                                                                                            Mynmar in 1785.
                        Duration: 7 Hours                                                                      Your next stop will be the Golden Buddha Temple, or Phra Thong
                        Transport: Air-Conditioned Coach and Boat                                           Temple, Phuket’s second most important temple. Its name is derived
                                                                                                            from a magic statue of the Buddha displayed in a seated position, but
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                                                                                                            only exposed up to the middle of the chest. Though claimed to be made
                        Experience the exquisite beauty and historic sites of Phuket and Phang              from solid gold, the statue is more likely made of brick, cement and

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                        Nga Bay during this full-day journey via coach and boat.                            plaster, with a thin layer of gold leaf covering it. This statue is a subject
                           Depart the Port of Phuket for the scenic drive to the northern tip               of great reverence by local residents.
                        of the island. Along the way, you will cross the Sarasin Bridge to the                 Afterward, you will proceed to the Sino-Portuguese-styled Baan Klung
                        mainland, then make a brief visit to a rubber plantation for a rubber               Jinda restaurant, located in the heart of Phuket City. Here, you will be
                        tapping and processing demonstration.                                               treated to excellent service, and a tantalizing blend of Royal Thai and
                                                                                                            Western cuisine in elegant surroundings.
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                        PHUKET, THAILAND                                                              the town of Phuket. In addition, your guides will share plenty of stories
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                                                                                                         A brief restroom stop will then be made at the Wang Talang Souvenir
                           Your tour will conclude with a sightseeing tour through the town of        Store, where some time will also be made to shop for local souvenirs,
                        Phuket. Along the way, you will pass by a Sino-Portuguese mansion that        jewelry, clothing, and a selection of arts and crafts from all over Thailand.
                        was built from the fortunes of tin and rubber magnates in the late-19th          Following your visit, you will re-board your coach for the return drive
                        century. The highlight of this impressive and spacious mansion is the         to the pier.
                        Provincial Hall, which is considered to be a valued heritage of the island.
                           Following your tour, a 30-minute stop will be made at local souvenir       Rural Phuket and Elephant Ride • PHU-4166
                        shop before re-boarding your coach for the return drive to the pier.          Duration: 4 Hours
                        please note: Appropriate dress is required for your temple visits.            Transport: Air-Conditioned Coach


                        Phuket Overview • PHU-2423
                        Duration: 45 Hours                                                            Experience a rare, first-hand look at Phuket’s most unique and diverse
                        Transport: Air-Conditioned Coach                                              sightseeing attractions during this memorable island visit.
                                                                                                         Depart the pier for the drive to a rubber plantation, Phuket’s
                                                                                                      second-largest industry after tourism. Upon arrival, you will witness a
                                                                                                      demonstration of this valuable commodity being tapped. From here, you
                        Discover an eclectic blend of picturesque sites and entertainment during
                                                                                                      will continue on to a cashew nut factory, where you can watch skilled
                        this visit to Phuket, the Jewel of the Andaman Sea.
                                                                                                      workers cracking nutshells to extract the nuts used to create a mouth-
                            Enchanting Phuket Island lies just off the west coast of Thailand. It
                                                                                                      watering array of snacks and sweets.
                        is the country’s only island province, and covers an area approximately
                                                                                                         Next, you will embrace your sense of adventure during a rare
                        the size of Singapore.
                                                                                                      opportunity to participate in an elephant ride. After mounting one of
                            Depart the pier for the drive to Promthep Cape, where you will take in
                                                                                                      these huge, yet amiable creatures, you will amble through tropical forest
                        spectacular views and photo opportunities of the Andaman Sea and
                        picturesque Nai Harn Bay. Looking north, you will also find exquisite         and plantations for approximately 30 minutes atop this somewhat
                        panoramic vistas along the length of the coast.                               unorthodox, yet elegant mode of transportation.
                            Next, you will continue on to Wat Chalong. Phuket’s largest and most         Following an entertaining baby elephant show, you will re-board your
                        sacred Buddhist temple, Wat Chalong is best known for its gold leaf-          coach for the return drive to the pier and ship. En route, a brief stop will
                        encrusted statues of three former abbots. Some time will then be made         be made at a local handicraft market offering jewelry, clothing, and a
                        available for browsing through a local handicraft and jewelry center          selection of Thai arts and crafts.
                        before proceeding to the Thai Cultural Show Theater. Upon arrival, you        please note: Some waiting in line may be necessary for the half-hour elephant
                        will view a 45-minute folkloric show featuring dancing, exotic music,         ride. This tour is not recommended for guests with back and/or neck problems, guests
                        Thai boxing and martial arts.                                                 with limited mobility and guests who utilize a wheelchair.
                            Following the show, you will re-board your coach for the return drive
                        to the pier.
                        please note: The show at the Thai Cultural Show Theater is approximately
                        45 minutes long.


                        Phuket Panoramic Drive • PHU-3434
                        Duration: 35 Hours
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                        Transport: Air-Conditioned Coach


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                        Experience Phuket past and present during this panoramic orientation
                        drive to view the island’s most popular destinations.
                           Depart the pier for a scenic and relaxing drive to explore some of the
                        best sights Phuket has to offer. Along the way, you will pass by lush
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                        Classic Cars and Tea at Bolgoda • COL-010
                        Duration: 55 Hours
                        Transport: Air-Conditioned Coach



                        Superb classic cars and panoramic views are yours to discover during
                        this scenic visit to a private villa on the outskirts of Colombo, and a yacht
                        club overlooking Bolgoda Lake.                                                   an impressive arched facade overlooking a half-mile long stretch of lawn
                           Depart the pier for the drive to the outskirts of the city, where you will    called the Galle Face Green, and derived its name from this charming
                        visit a private villa. Upon arrival, you will have an opportunity to view        promenade way back in 1864. During your visit to this 4-star Colonial-
                        a superb collection of more than 40 vintage classic cars in immaculate           style hotel, you will be served tea, coffee or a cold drink accompanied
                        condition. This collection belongs to your host, a Sri Lankan classic car        by snacks.
                        enthusiast, and is considered to be Colombo’s finest.                               Your tour will conclude with a stop for shopping at the 5-star Colombo
                           Next, you will be transferred to the yacht club overlooking Bolgoda           Hotel. Here, you can browse through a wide array of exotic items for
                        Lake – the only one of its kind in the country. During your visit, you will      sale, including handicrafts, gems, jewelry, souvenirs, Sri Lankan tea,
                        be served tea, coffee and snacks, and take in panoramic views and photo          ceramics, and woodcarvings. Afterward, you will re-board your coach for
                        opportunities of your surroundings.                                              the return drive to the pier.
                           Following your visit, you will re-board your coach for the 1.5-hour
                                                                                                         please note: Guests are advised to wear conservative attire covering the knees and
                        return drive to the pier.                                                        shoulders when visiting the Kovil and Buddhist temple. Due to security measures, no
                        please note: The drive between the pier, villa and yacht club is approximately   still or video cameras will be permitted inside. Guests will be asked to remove their
                        1.5 hours in each direction.                                                     hats and footwear before entering the Kovil Temple.


                        Colombo – Teardrop of the Far East • COL-004                                     Delhi, Taj Mahal and Jaipur • COL-P002
                        Duration: 5 Hours                                                                Duration: 3 Nights
                        Transport: Air-Conditioned Coach                                                 Transport: Air-Conditioned Vehicle



                        Discover the history and charm of Sri Lanka’s capital city during this           This optional tour must be pre-purchased, and is not included in the
                        memorable visit to Colombo.                                                      regular tour program. If you have not already pre-booked this optional
                           Depart the pier for the drive through Columbo. Your tour will begin           shore excursion, please contact Regent Seven Seas Cruises Reservations at
                        with a visit to the Colombo National Museum. Established in 1877,                800-285-1835 to verify the current status of this program. Limited space
                        the museum is best known for its collection of antiques, art, 500,000            may be available, and should be booked via reservations. You may also
                        books and more than 4,000 palm lead manuscripts. You will also view              check with The Regent Travel Concierge Manager upon embarkation to
                        exhibits featuring ancient and medieval jewelry, rare collection of              verify if this tour is still available. RSSC reserves the right to withdraw this
                        traditional demon masks, wood and ivory carvings, and an exquisite               program if minimum participation requirements are not met.
                        collection of Buddhist and Hindu statues.                                        A 100% cancellation penalty applies to overland programs cancelled
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                           Your sightseeing tour of Colombo City will continue with visits to            within 90 days of departure.
                        Pettah, the commercial business area, Cinnamon Gardens, St. Lucia’s

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                        Cathedral, the Hindu Kovil, the Buddhist Temple, prime residential areas         Explore the palaces, temples, forts and monuments that link present-day
                        and other important buildings of historical significance. A stop will also       India with its past rulers, empires and dynasties. After visiting Colombo’s
                        be made at the historic Davatagaha Mosque and Independence Hall.                 National Museum and Gangarama Temple, you will fly to Delhi to see
                           While in the heart of Colombo, you will stop for a half-hour visit to         at some of its most spectacular sites, including Lutyen’s Delhi, the
                        the Galle Face Hotel, one of Asia’s finest hotels. The hotel features            Presidential House, Humayun’s Tomb and Qutab Minar, India’s tallest
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                        COLOMBO, SRI LANKA                                                             You will depart early this morning for a sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal to
                        M A R C H           2 3 ,     2 0 0 9                                          experience its beauty in the light of the rising sun; a remarkably different
                                                                                                       sight from the Taj Mahal you visited yesterday at sunset. Unbeknownst
                        stone tower. Next, you will proceed to Agra for sunrise and sunset visits      to many, a pair of Taj Mahals was actually planned. The Emperor
                        to the world-renowned Taj Mahal, along with the Agra Fort. Your journey        intended to build a second tomb for himself in black marble, a negative
                        through India will conclude in Jaipur, the Pink City, where you will tour      image of the white Taj he constructed for his wife, Mumtaz. Tragically,
                        the mesmerizing City Palace, Jantar Mantar Observatory before                  the Emperor was deposed by his son and imprisoned in the Agra Fort,
                        embarking the ship.                                                            where he remained until his death. Shah Jehan and Mumtaz Mahal are
                                                                                                       now both buried in the underground chamber of the Taj Mahal.
                        March 23, 2009 – Colombo/Delhi                                                    After breakfast back at the hotel, you will depart for a visit to the City
                        After disembarking the ship, you will be met and depart for a city tour of     of Victory, or Fatehpur Sikri. Here, you will find the site of Emperor
                        Colombo. During your drive through the city, you will see Colombo’s            Akbar’s deserted city, and view the perfectly preserved halls, palaces
                        Indian influences, and the remnants of its historic Portuguese, Dutch          and mosques. This vast Imperial capital and its 500 splendid buildings
                        and English settlements. A stop will be made at the elegant, white-            were abandoned after only fourteen years because the city’s water
                        colonnaded National Museum. You will also view a fascinating mask              supply dried up.
                        collection, outstanding Hindu and Buddhist bronze, and a collection of            Continue on to Jaipur, the Pink City. The effect of the shimmering pink
                        regalia once owned by the King of Kandy. Your tour will conclude with a        sandstone used throughout Jaipur’s construction has enchanted visitors
                        visit to the Gangarama Temple, one of the nicest and most intimate             for centuries, especially at sunset. Upon arrival, you will proceed to the
                        of Colombo’s Buddhist temples. Following your tour, you will be                hotel for check-in. After lunch at the hotel, the rest of the afternoon will
                        transferred to the Taj Airport Garden Hotel for lunch, then your flight        be spent at your leisure, or on an optional shopping tour. Dinner will be
                        to Delhi. Dinner will be served onboard the flight.                            at the hotel. Overnight at the Rambagh Palace Hotel-Jaipur.
                           Delhi represents the cultural and historic center of India’s past and
                        future. This intriguing city was built over 450 years by a succession of       March 26, 2009 – Jaipur/Bombay
                        empires; first the Hindu and Muslim Dynasties, then the powerful               After breakfast at the hotel, you will depart for a visit to the City Palace,
                        Mughal Dynasty that ruled the country until the British took over. Late        the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. The City Palace is a Hindu and
                        night arrival into Delhi, followed by transfer the Taj Mahal Hotel-Delhi       Mughal architecture from its grand old entrance, courtyards and gardens
                        for your overnight.                                                            to its palaces, halls, museums and temples. In add historical significance,
                                                                                                       the City Palace is a vivid reminder of the elegance and splendor of Jaipur’s
                        March 24, 2009 – Delhi/Agra                                                    royal past.
                        After breakfast at the hotel, you will depart for the drive to Agra. As the        Next, you will proceed for a visit to neighboring Jantar Mantar and the
                        capital of the Mughals in the 16th and 17th centuries, Agra was the            Observatory. Jantar Mantar was built by Maharaja Jai Singh between
                        repository of many of the Mughals most famous monuments. The city              1734 on a grand scale that was years beyond its time. Following your
                        has long amazed visitors, and features many places of interest dating          visit, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Mumbai,
                        back to the Afghans that predated the Mughals. Upon arrival, you will          served in-flight. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the pier, and
                        have lunch at the Amarvilas hotel and some time at leisure to relax. You       embark the ship.
                        will visit the Agra Fort, which lies on the bend of the River Yamuna.          please note: Participants on this program must get an individual India visa
                        Emperor Akbar built the Agra Fort between 1565 and 1573 in the finest          prior to joining the cruise. This program does not include sightseeing of Delhi,
                        architectural style. With its imposing gates, walls of red sandstone and       the drive from Delhi to Agra is about 4.5 hours: the driving time from Agra to
                        moat, this magnificent citadel dominates the center of the city.               Jaipur is also around 4.5 hours.
                           Following your visit to the Agra Fort, continue with a sunset visit
                                                                                                       Program Includes:
                        to the Taj Mahal. Emperor Shah Jehan, fifth of the great Mughals,
                                                                                                       • 1-night stay in a Deluxe Room at the Taj Mahal Hotel - Delhi
                        summoned 20,000 laborers and skilled craftsmen from Persia, Turkey,
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                                                                                                       • 1-night stay at the Oberoi Amarvilas Hotel - Agra
                        France and Italy to construct this stunning white marble mausoleum in
                                                                                                       • 1-night stay in a Palace Room at the Rambagh Palace - Jaipur
                        honor of his devoted wife, Mumtaz Mahal. You will witness the unique
                                                                                                       • Scheduled one-way, Economy Class flights: Columbo/Delhi
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                        beauty of the Taj Mahal first-hand while passing through the arch of the
                                                                                                         and Jaipur/Mumbai
                        entrance gateway. The rays of the setting sun make this monument a
                                                                                                       • All tours as per itinerary
                        sight to behold. Following your visit to the Taj Mahal, you will be
                                                                                                       • Sunset and sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal
                        transferred back to the hotel. Dinner will be at the hotel. Overnight at the
                                                                                                         (includes shoe covers and battery buses)
                        Oberoi Amarvilas Hotel-Agra.
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                        COLOMBO, SRI LANKA                                                                         Hanging Gardens of Bentota • COL-007
                                                                                                                   Duration: 75 Hours
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                        • 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners-includes one on-flight
                          dinner (includes choice of 2 glasses of local beer, house wine,                          Explore a beautiful temple, gardens, beaches and resorts during this
                          soft drinks, coffee, or tea during lunch and dinner)                                     memorable full-day tour of Sri Lanka.
                        • Transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees as applicable                                      Depart the pier for the drive to Kalutara, south of the Kaluganga
                        • All still and video camera fees                                                          Bridge, where a visit will be made to the Kalutara Temple, or Gangatilaka
                                                                                                                   Vihara. The temple features a hollow dagaba and beautiful interior
                        Not Included: Individual India visa, all meals and drinks not specified
                                                                                                                   paintings, and is visited each day by thousands of devotees.
                        above, tips to drivers and tour director, gratuities, laundry, telephone
                                                                                                                      Your next stop will be the Brief Gardens, or Gardens of Bevis Bawa,
                        calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items
                                                                                                                   Sri Lanka’s famed and beloved artist and bon vivant. Upon arrival, you
                                                                                                                   will be greeted by the owner of the Brief Gardens, then take a guided tour
                        “Elephants in Harmony” –                                                                   through the Japanese garden, across the wide lawns and past the
                        Orphanage of Pinnawela • COL-006                                                           round pond.
                        Duration: 10 Hours                                                                            Next, you will continue on Bentota for a visit to Cinnamon Beach.
                        Transport: Air-Conditioned Coach                                                           This tropical resort, the flagship of Keells Hotels, is situated between the
                                                                                                                   sea and the lagoon, and is endowed with stunning views. The resort’s
                                                                                                                   exquisitely crafted landscape and elegant architecture complement its
                                                                                                                   unique ambience.
                        Explore a Sri Lankan orphanage built to house and observe nature’s
                                                                                                                      Following a buffet lunch at Cinnamon Beach, you will be re-board
                        majestic beasts during this memorable full-day elephant experience.
                                                                                                                   your mini-coach for the return drive to the pier.
                           Depart Colombo Port for the ride to Pinnawela. Upon arrival, you will
                        proceed for a visit to the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage. Built in 1975                     please note: This tour involves approximately 3.5 hours of driving on the
                        to house abandoned and wounded elephants, the orphanage is today                           mini-coach. Lunch includes two glasses of house wine, local beer, soft drinks,
                                                                                                                   water, tea, or coffee.
                        home to more than 65 elephants, including baby elephants. During your
                        visit, you will have approximately 1.5 hours to observe the elephants
                        bathing in the river.
                           Lunch will be served at the Pinnalanda and/or Elephant Bay
                        restaurants, which are recognized as two of Rambukkana’s finest
                        restaurants and approved by the Ceylon Tourist Board. Both restaurants
                        are situated on enchanting landscapes, and highlighted by dazzling
                        views of the elephants bathing.
                           Your day will conclude with a 1-hour guided walking tour of the
                        elephant orphanage, where you will have an opportunity to observe baby
                        elephants being fed.
                           Following your visit, you will re-board your coach for the return drive
                        to the pier.
                        please note: This tour involves a great deal of walking inside the park, and on
                        surfaces that may be uneven in spots. Guests are advised to wear comfortable
                        clothing and walking shoes, and bring sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat and sunglasses.
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                        This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilize
                        a wheelchair.


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                        Kandy – The Last Kingdom of Sri Lanka • COL-001
                        Duration: 105 Hours
                        Transport: Air-Conditioned Coach



                        Relive the glory of Sri Lanka’s historic and religious past during this visit
                        to scenic Kandy.
                           Depart Colombo Port for the 3-hour drive to Kandy. The last
                        stronghold of the Sinhala Kings, Kandy was ceded to the British in 1815.
                        Kandy’s shrines and monasteries are prime examples of Buddhist
                        influences in Sri Lanka today. Upon arrival in Peradeniya, you will take
                        a guided tour of the Royal Botanical Gardens. This 147-acre paradise
                        began in 1374 A.D. as a pleasure garden for Kandy’s kings, and includes
                        more than 5,000 species of common and rare trees, plants and flora.
                        Don’t miss the Spice Garden and Orchid House.                                            Say “I Do” in the Kingdom of Kotte • COL-005
                           Your next stop will be a guided walking tour of the Temple of the                     Duration: 55 Hours
                        Sacred Tooth, or Dalada Maligawa. To Buddhists of Sri Lanka and around                   Transport: Air-Conditioned Coach
                        the world, this temple is among their most sacred sites and the home
                        of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. Brought to Sri Lanka in the
                        4th century A.D., this sacred relic has since remained the symbol of
                                                                                                                 Discover the temples, arts, a wedding and traditional lifestyles of the
                        sovereignty for its rulers, and is enshrined in great splendor at Kandy’s
                                                                                                                 Sri Lankan people during this scenic tour of Kotte.
                        Dalada Maligawa.
                                                                                                                     Depart Colombo Port for the 1-hour drive to Battaramulla. Upon
                           Leaving the Temple of the Sacred Tooth, you will proceed for a visit to
                                                                                                                 arrival, a visit will be made to the Folk Arts and Crafts Center, or Jana Kala
                        Kandy’s Suisse Hotel. Situated in a prime location on three lushly
                                                                                                                 Kendra. Its tranquil setting amidst bamboo groves and forest trees
                        landscaped acres, the hotel offers magnificent views of famous Kandy
                                                                                                                 enhance the center’s ambiance, as do the nearby Parliament House,
                        Lake. This grand Colonial-style hotel is steeped in history, and continues
                                                                                                                 bird sanctuary and waters of the Diyawanna Oya. During your visit to
                        to maintain the Old World charm that captures the ambiance of Kandy’s
                                                                                                                 the center, you will explore the age-old traditions of Sri Lanka’s past and
                        glorious past.
                                                                                                                 learn how they are still in use on this tropical island.
                           After lunch at the hotel, your tour will conclude with an orientation
                                                                                                                     Next, you will proceed to a remote urban village on the outskirts of
                        tour through the city of Kandy. Afterward, you will re-board your coach
                                                                                                                 the city to witness a traditional Sri Lankan wedding. Refreshments and
                        for the 3-hour return drive to the pier.
                                                                                                                 tea, coffee or soft drinks will be served during the ceremony. There are
                        please note: The driving time from Colombo to Kandy is approximately 3 hours             varying styles of Sri Lankan weddings, and they change in accordance
                        in each direction. Guests carrying video cameras will be charged $3 USD per video        with the region. The core elements involve Kandy dancers and drummers,
                        camera before entering the temple. There are 20 steps to climb at the entrance to the
                                                                                                                 and the exchanging of vows upon a wedding stage, or poruwa.
                        temple. In order to view the Chamber Room, guests will have to climb another 20
                        steps to get to the 1st floor. All visitors to the temple are required to remove their       Afterward, you will ride to a small village area to view the paddy fields,
                        footwear but advised to bring socks, as the open floor areas of the temple could be      observe local village life and visit a traditional village home. You will
                        warm due their very high temperature. Guests are also advised to wear conservative       also have an opportunity to walk through the village and interact with the
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                        attire covering the knees and shoulders when visiting the temple. Guests will be         villagers. During your visit, you will be served freshly cut king coconut
                        asked to remove their hats when entering the temple. Lunch includes two glasses          before re-boarding your coach for the return drive to the pier.

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                        of house wine, local beer, soda or water.
                                                                                                                 please note: This tour involves a considerable amount of walking; certain
                                                                                                                 areas may have uneven surfaces. This tour is not recommended for guests with
                                                                                                                 limited mobility and guests who utilize a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear
                                                                                                                 cotton clothing and comfortable walking shoes due to the hot weather, and bring
                                                                                                                 sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and an umbrella.
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                        Backwaters of Alappuzha by Houseboat • CCH-004
                        Duration: 55 Hours
                        Transport: Houseboat and Air-Conditioned



                        Explore the majestic forests and extensive network of rivers, lakes, canals
                        and lagoons that lace together the coast and interior south of Cochin
                        during this idyllic boat trip through the backwaters of Alappuzha.
                            Alappuzha, originally known as Alleppey, is nestled amidst lush
                        tropical waterways. For centuries, these waterways have provided a safe
                        and efficient means of transportation for goods and people moving
                        between the heartland and port towns along the coast. Today, coconut,
                        pepper, coconut husks, or coir, rice, and other goods are still carried
                        along the waterways in traditional longboats, or kettuvallam.
                            Depart Cochin for a scenic drive through one of India’s most
                        beautiful and serene landscapes; a rural riverine expanse of the verdant
                        coconut groves and rice paddies. In Malayalam, the language of Kerala,
                        this region is known as the Land of the Short People, or Kuttanad. This
                        reference may be attributed to the fact that farmers are often seen
                        working knee-deep in the paddy fields.
                            Next, you will board a houseboat converted from a traditional
                        kettuvallam and glide along shimmering waterways lined with dense
                        tropical vegetation. Along the way, you will witness the rural Keralan
                        lifestyle along the narrow canals walled-in by thick greenery, and open
                        vistas of brilliant green paddy fields. Papaya, mango, jackfruit and
                        cassava grow along the palm-lined banks. Churches, mosques and
                        temples can be seen amidst the trees, along with kingfishers and
                                                                                                                   Kerala Experience on Gundu Island • CCH-E02
                        parakeets. Villagers can also be observed bathing, washing their clothes
                        and buffaloes, toddy tapping and fishing at the water’s edge.                              Duration: 3 Hours
                            Following your tour, you will be transferred back to the pier                          Transport: Local Boat and Coach

                        please note: Refreshments will be served on the houseboat. Wear comfortable
                        clothing and walking shoes, and bring sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat and sunglasses.
                        This tour requires a minimum of six guests to operate, and must be pre-requested           This exclusive event is included for all guests, compliments of
                        at least 15 days prior to the sailing date. Guests purchasing this tour will not be        Regent Seven Seas Cruises
                        able to attend the Kerala Experience complimentary event.
                                                                                                                   Welcome to Kerala, a small, narrow coastal state renowned for its
                                                                                                                   distinctive cultural and art traditions and magnificent scenery. Today
                                                                                                                   you will experience the best of Kerala on the unspoiled and uninhabited
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                                                                                                                   Gundu Island. Surrounded by lush green coconut trees, the island is set
                                                                                                                   amid Kerala’s stunning backwaters that stretch for almost the entire
                                                                                                                   length of the state. Enjoy an authentic sampling of Kerala’s diverse
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                                                                                                                   From the first elephant greeting to the beautiful costumes and music,
                                                                                                                   you will leave with a powerful and lasting impression of India.


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                                                                                                      Following your visit, you will re-board your coach for the return drive
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                                                                                                   please note: This tour involves a considerable amount of walking, and many
                                                                                                   stairs. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests
                                                                                                   who utilize a wheelchair. No photography is permitted inside the Victoria and
                        Glimpses of Victorian Bombay • BOM-015                                     Albert Museum.
                        Duration: 45 Hours
                        Transport: Air-Conditioned Coach
                                                                                                   Jewels in the Crown • BOM-010
                                                                                                   Duration: 4 Hours
                                                                                                   Transport: Air-Conditioned Van
                        Discover an eclectic blend of architecture, cultures and landmarks
                        during this scenic orientation tour of Mumbai.
                           Depart the pier for the drive into Mumbai, and a photo stop at the
                                                                                                   Experience the beauty of Indian jewelry and art during an exclusive visit
                        Gateway of India. The city’s most famous landmark, this Indo-Saracenic
                                                                                                   with a renowned designer Kavita Behl, and lunch at her lovely home.
                        archway was built in 1911 to commemorate the visit of King George V
                                                                                                       The beauty of India is reflected in its jewelry and art, which now enjoys
                        and Queen Mary. It was originally conceived as an entry point for
                                                                                                   worldwide popularity. Innovative designers and artists are continuously
                        passengers arriving on P & O steamers from England; today, it
                                                                                                   producing exciting new varieties while maintaining the quality and high
                        is best remembered as the location from which the British staged their
                                                                                                   standards of their work. One such example is Mumbai-based designer
                        final departure.
                                                                                                   Kavita Behl.
                           Next, you will proceed to the Church of St. John the Evangelist, or
                                                                                                       Kavita, whose jewelry line is sold in Saks Fifth Avenue, Harrods and
                        Afghan Church. Built by the British in 1847, this recently renovated
                                                                                                   Harvey Nichols, comes from a background steeped in jewelry; both her
                        church features English architecture with wide Gothic arches and
                                                                                                   and her husband’s family have been in this business for generations.
                        beautiful stained-glass windows. The church spire, an imposing
                                                                                                   Kavita started her own line about a decade ago, and became one of the
                        198-foot-high edifice, was constructed of basalt and features a
                                                                                                   first designers to retail at Saks and Harrods under an individual label.
                        limestone tower.
                                                                                                   While Harrods has held promotions for Kavita’s jewelry, the wife of the
                           You will then take a ride along Marine Drive, Mumbai’s seaside
                                                                                                   owner of Saks is one of her loyal customers. Her clientele also includes
                        promenade. It runs from the skyscrapers at Nariman Point to the foot
                                                                                                   Hollywood actors; Brad Pitt once bought one of her pieces for ex-wife
                        of Malabar Hill, Mumbai’s most exclusive neighborhood. Malabar Hill
                                                                                                   Jennifer Aniston.
                        features forested slopes, fresh sea breezes and panoramic views. Its
                                                                                                       Kavita’s designs feature silver, gold, gold-plating, precious and semi-
                        hillsides are filled with picturesque mansions and bungalows built by
                                                                                                   precious stones. Her stones are imported from places like Tanzania,
                        18th-century merchants and Colonial governors. Today, luxury high-rise
                                                                                                   Brazil and other international locales, and are cut in Rajasthan, Jaipur;
                        apartments also dot the landscape. At the top of the hill, you will find
                                                                                                   rapidly emerging as the world-renowned hub for cutting stones. Kavita’s
                        the Hanging Gardens. Established in 1881, the gardens feature an
                                                                                                   designs follow fashion seasons, as garments do, and she works two
                        assortment of hedges are trimmed into animal shapes, and offer superb
                                                                                                   seasons ahead in order to keep up with international demand.
                        views overlooking the bustling city center.
                                                                                                       You will depart the pier for a private visit to see some fine samples of
                           Your next stop will be the Victoria and Albert Museum, Mumbai’s
                                                                                                   her work, followed by lunch in her beautiful home. After your visit, you
                        oldest museum, followed by a visit to the adjoining Victoria Gardens.
                                                                                                   will re-board your mini-van for the return drive to the pier.
                        This Greco-Roman-styled museum houses archaeological finds, maps
                        and photographs depicting the history of Mumbai. The collection            please note: This tour involves approximately 30 stair-steps to access Kavita’s
                        includes clay-model replicas of firka paintings, silver and copper ware,   studio. This tour must be pre-requested at least seven days prior to sailing. Once
                                                                                                   requested, this tour is non-refundable.
                        votive bronzes, fossils and minerals, delicate ivories, and more.
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                           Your tour will conclude with a visit to the bustling Crawford Market.
                        Its blend of Flemish and Norman architecture features a bas-relief

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                        above its main entrance depicting Indian peasants in wheat fields.
                        Lockyard Kipling, father of the famous Rudyard Kipling, designed the
                        market’s freize. At the market, you will find a wide array of fruit,
                        vegetables and other items for sale.

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                        MUMBAI [BOMBAY], INDIA                                                                Mumbai Essentials • BOM-001
                                                                                                              Duration: 4 Hours
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                        Jewish Heritage • BOM-005
                        Duration: 4 Hours                                                                     Experience Mumbai’s fascinating highlights during this memorable
                        Transport: Air-Conditioned Coach                                                      half-day tour of the city.
                                                                                                                 Depart the pier for the drive into Mumbai. Upon arrival, your tour will
                                                                                                              begin with a photo stop at the Gateway of India. This Indo-Saracenic
                                                                                                              archway was built in 1911 to commemorate the visit of King George V
                        Discover why India holds a special place in Jewish history during this                and Queen Mary, and is the city’s most famous landmark.
                        interesting and informative tour of Mumbai.                                              Next, a visit will be made to the Prince of Wales Museum, easily
                           There are three Jewish communities in India: the Cochin Jews,                      recognized by its unique white Mughal-style dome. The museum is the
                        Bene-Israel Jews and Sephardic Jews. The Cochin Jews settled in the                   finest work by architect George Wittet, who also designed the Gateway
                        state of Kerala in 587 B.C. The Bene-Israel Jews believe themselves to be             of India. It houses interesting displays of jade work, antique weapons,
                        the descendants of early emigrants escaping persecution in Galilee                    Indian paintings, illustrated manuscripts, exquisite miniatures, and clay
                        in the 2nd century B.C. The Sephardic Jews, called Baghdadis, came                    and terracotta figures from the 3rd century B.C.
                        primarily from Iraq. They began settling in India at the end of the 18th                 You will then continue on to Marine Drive, Mumbai’s seaside
                        century, mainly in Mumbai and Calcutta. Mumbai was one of the few                     promenade, to see its shops, restaurants, bars and throngs of people.
                        places in the world where the Jews were not persecuted for their faith.               At the northern end of Marine Drive, you will find popular Chowpatty
                        Your journey through Jewish history in India will begin with a photo stop             Beach. From here, a visit will be made to Mani Bhavan. Gandhi’s
                        at the Gateway of India, the city’s most famous landmark.                             Bombay residence between 1917 and 1934, Mani Bhavan is now a
                           Next, you will visit the Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue, a magnificent                permanent museum and memorial to the Mahatma. It contains a
                        structure built by the wealthy Sasson family in 1884. You will then pass              research library of more than 20,000 volumes, and a series of tiny
                        by the David Sasson Library, an impressive Gothic-style building                      dioramas depicting his life story in an interesting fashion. The walls are
                        constructed in 1847, and the Gothic-styled Magen David Synagogue;                     covered with photos of historic events and noteworthy people. Gandhi’s
                        the first Baghdadi Synagogue constructed in Mumbai in 1861, and                       sitting and bedroom areas are preserved behind glass.
                        Asia’s largest.                                                                          On the return drive, a photo stop will be made at the local laundry, or
                           Your tour will conclude with a visit to the Tiphereth Synagogue. One               dhobi ghat. You will then proceed past Victoria Terminus, a most
                        of five Bene-Israel synagogues in Mumbai, it began in 1886 as a prayer                remarkable railway station highlighted by domes, spires, Corinthian
                        hall within a rented hall due to the increase in the number of Jews in                columns and minarets. India’s first train departed from this station in
                        Mumbai. Following your visit, you will drive past the Royal Institute                 April 1853; today, half a million commuters use the station each day.
                        of Science, a world-renowned center for education and research.                          Afterward, you will be transferred back to the pier and ship.
                           On the return drive to the pier, a photo stop will be made at the local
                        laundry, better known as the dhobi ghat.
                        please note: This tour involves a total of approximately 400 yards of walking, with
                        about 45 steps to negotiate. No shopping opportunities will be available on this
                        tour. Men are required to wear yarmulkes in the synagogues. They will be provided
                        at each stop.
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                        MUMBAI [BOMBAY], INDIA                                                                 Mumbai on the Move • BOM-014
                                                                                                               Duration: 4 Hours
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                                                                                                               Transport: Air-Conditioned Coach and Train


                        Mumbai Masala • BOM-011
                        Duration: 35 Hours                                                                     For guests wanting to experience the real, everyday Mumbai.
                        Transport: Air-Conditioned Coach                                                          Experience the highlights of this fascinating city, with its Western
                                                                                                               monuments and Eastern sensibilities. Begin at the beginning with the
                                                                                                               Gateway of India, the city’s most famous landmark -an Indo-Saracenic
                                                                                                               archway built in 1911 to commemorate the visit of King George V
                        Discover the bargains that abound in Bombay during this leisurely
                                                                                                               and Queen Mary. It was originally conceived as an entry point for
                        shopping tour in Mumbai.
                                                                                                               passengers arriving on P & O steamers from England; today it is
                           Depart the pier for the drive to the local markets. Your first stop is the
                                                                                                               remembered more often as the place from which the British staged
                        Thieves Market, or Chor Bazaar, a bustling fleas market in which vendors
                                                                                                               their final departure. You will make a stop here for photographs.
                        have been selling their wares for generations. Along the way, you will find
                                                                                                                  The Prince of Wales Museum, crowned by a white Mughal-style
                        a wide variety of electrical and household goods that include toasters,
                                                                                                               dome, is the finest work done by architect George Wittet, who also
                        irons, crockery and glassware. You will also see rosewood furniture,
                        porcelain, china, delicate crystal, ivory sculptures, paintings, beads,                designed the Gateway of India. It houses interesting displays of jade
                        lamps, masks, leatherwear, and other bric-a-bracs. Finally, you will                   work, weapons from the Mughal Empire that belonged to Shah Jehan,
                        come across a varied collection of genuine and reproduced antiques                     Aurangzeb and Akbar, and clay and terracotta figures from the 3rd
                        and jewelry.                                                                           century B.C.. The main sculpture room contains some excellent Greek-
                           Next, you will precede for a visit to the Crawford Market, named after              influenced 4th and 5th century heads and figures from the Buddhist
                        Bombay’s first municipal commissioner, Arthur Crawford. Poised                         state of Gandhara, a former colony of Alexander the Great. But the main
                        between what was once the British Fort and the local town, the Crawford                attraction is a superb collection of Indian painting, including illustrated
                        Market has elements of both. The markets facade features a blend of                    manuscripts and exquisite miniatures.
                        Flemish and Norman architecture, with a bas-relief above its main                         Arrive at the Churchgate Station and spend some time watching the
                        entrance depicting Indian peasants in wheat fields. Lockyard Kipling,                  dabba-wallahs, the members of the Mumbai Tiffin Box Suppliers
                        father of the famous author Rudyard Kipling, designed the freize; the                  Association. Every day 4,000 of them deliver fresh, home-cooked food
                        Kiplings’ cottage still stands in the market to this day. The Crawford                 from 100,000 suburban kitchens to offices in the downtown area. Each
                        Market resembles a scene from Victorian London, with its sweet smell                   lunch is prepared by a loving wife or mother, and packed into a set of
                        of hay and 50-foot-high sky-lit awning that bathes the entire venue in                 stackable aluminium boxes. The meals are carried to their hungry
                        natural sunlight. As Mumbai’s main wholesale market for fruit since                    recipients dangling from shoulder-poles and bicycle handlebars, and
                        March 1996, you will find mountains of fresh fruits and vegetables                     stacked on decorated handcarts. Tins are rarely, if ever, lost, and always
                        amongst a wide variety of items for sale here.                                         find their way home again to be washed up for the next day’s lunch.
                        please note: This tour involves leisurely walking along flat streets and paths.           Board a local train thereafter to experience the life of a typical
                        Guests will be required to walk for 10-15 minutes to reach Chor Bazaar, as buses are   Mumbaikar! You take a short ride to Mahalaxmi Station another one of
                        not permitted to park outside the market. There are no restroom stops on this tour.    Mumbai’s busiest hub on the local train network.
                                                                                                                  Even if you are not possessed of an interest in other people’s dirty
                                                                                                               laundry, you’ll be fascinated by the dhobi ghats, your next stop. Each
                                                                                                               morning washing from all over Mumbai is brought here to be soaped,
                                                                                                               soaked, boiled, beaten, and thrashed. The next day, after being aired,
                                                                                                               pressed, folded and wrapped, the bundles are returned from whence
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                                                                                                               they came. The secret that keeps the operation running smoothly is the
                                                                                                               coded symbol that each dhobi-wallah places on every item. Invisible to

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                                                                                                               the untrained eye, this mark ensures that nothing will be lost. Stop
                                                                                                               here for photos that you’ll never be able to duplicate anywhere else.
                                                                                                                  On your way to back to the pier, you will drive past a most remarkable
                                                                                                               railway station. Inspired by St. Pancras Station in London, the Victoria
                                                                                                               Terminus was built during Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee year. It is an
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                        extraordinary conglomeration of domes, spires, Corinthian columns and
                        minarets in a style described by journalist James Cameron as
                        “Victorian-Gothic-Saracenic-Italianate-Oriental-St. Pancras-Baroque.”
                        The first train in India left from this station in 1853; today half a million
                        commuters use the station every day.
                        please note: A considerable amount of walking is required at the station and
                        within the museum. It is necessary to climb stairs to fully explore these venues.
                        Altough you will be seated in the first class section of the local train, the railcars
                        are not air-conditioned. Be prepared for the heat, crowds, dust, smells and noise.


                        Mumbai Panorama • BOM-002
                        Duration: 25 Hours
                        Transport: Air-Conditioned Coach

                                                                                                                 Mumbai with a Local Perspective • BOM-008
                                                                                                                 Duration: 3 Hours
                        Explore Mumbai’s extraordinary historic sites and bustling city life from
                                                                                                                 Transport: Air-Conditioned Mini-Coach
                        the comfort of your coach during this relaxing driving tour through
                        the city.
                           Depart the pier for the drive into Mumbai. Upon arrival, your tour will
                        begin with a photo stop at the Gateway of India. This Indo-Saracenic                     Discover scenic Mumbai from a local perspective during an interesting
                        archway was built in 1911 to commemorate the visit of King George V                      and informative visit to an authentic Indian home.
                        and Queen Mary, and is the city’s most famous landmark.                                      Depart the pier for the drive into Mumbai. Along the way, you will
                           You will then continue on to Marine Drive, Mumbai’s seaside                           pass by the Gateway of India. This Indo-Saracenic archway was built in
                        promenade, to see its shops, restaurants, bars and throngs of people. At                 1911 to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary, and
                        the northern end of Marine Drive, you will find popular Chowpatty Beach.                 is the city’s most famous landmark. From here, you will continue on for
                           Your next stop will be Malabar Hill, Mumbai’s most exclusive                          a stop at the Colaba Causeway, where you will have an opportunity to
                        neighborhood. Popular since the 18th century due to its forested slopes,                 stroll through a local market.
                        fresh sea breezes and panoramic views, Malabar’s hillsides are filled                        Next, you will visit a local residence in Mumbai that is housed in a
                        with picturesque mansions and bungalows built by merchants and                           100-year-old building with a gray and white stone exterior. The high
                        Colonial governors. Today, luxury high-rise apartments also dot the                      ceilings and Burma teak arch at the entrance of the living room are vivid
                        landscape. The hill is also home to the spectacular Jain Temple, which                   reminders of architecture from a bygone era. Upon entering the home,
                        was built of marble and features many mirrors and colorful paintings.                    you will be greeted with a traditional holy mark, or tikka, on your
                        A polished marble image of Adinath is enshrined within.                                  forehead. A symbol of tradition and respect, the tikka welcomes you and
                           From here, you will proceed past Victoria Terminus, a remarkable                      wards off all negative elements.
                        railway station highlighted by domes, spires, Corinthian columns and                         Festivals and weddings are both causes for celebration in Indian
                        minarets. India’s first train departed this station in April 1853; today, half           homes. During this tour, a few traditions will be showcased. The ladies
                        a million commuters use the station each day.                                            can learn how to tie a sari and make rangoli, which is used to decorate
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                           Your tour will conclude with a visit to the world-renowned Taj Mahal                  the entrances and courtyards of Indian homes during weddings and
                        Palace and Tower Hotel, a favorite of diplomats, sheiks and Mumbai’s                     festivals. You will also enjoy traditional Indian delicacies that have been

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                        jet set. Upon arrival, you will relax with a cold drink before re-boarding               specially prepared for your visit.ç
                        your coach for the return drive to the pier and ship.                                        Afterward, you will rejoin your coach for the return drive to the pier
                                                                                                                 and ship.
                        please note: This tour is recommended for guests with walking difficulties and
                        guests who utilize a wheelchair.                                                         please note: The home you will be visiting on this tour is not air-conditioned.

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                        MUMBAI [BOMBAY], INDIA                                                                The Caves of Elephanta • BOM-003
                                                                                                              Duration: 45 Hours
                        M A R C H             2 6 ,      2 0 0 9
                                                                                                              Transport: Air-Conditioned Coach and Launch


                        Temples of Mumbai • BOM-004
                        Duration: 4 Hours                                                                     Set sail for history and adventure during this cruise to the Island of
                        Transport: Air-Conditioned Coach                                                      Elephanta to explore its ancient temple and caves.
                                                                                                                 Depart the pier for the drive to the Gateway of India. This
                                                                                                              Indo-Saracenic archway was built in 1911 to commemorate the visit of
                                                                                                              King George V and Queen Mary, and is the city’s most famous
                        Explore the Hindu religion in Mumbai during this visit to the city’s most
                                                                                                              landmark. Upon arrival, you will embark a boat for a relaxing cruise to
                        sacred temples.
                                                                                                              the serene and densely-forested Elephanta Island.
                           The vast majority of Indians are Hindus, and they believe in a
                                                                                                                 Over 1,000 years ago, Hindu craftsmen excavated caves in the
                        pantheon of deities. The most popular of these are visible everywhere,
                                                                                                              volcanic rock high up on the slope, and showcased their beliefs in
                        from inside temples, shrines and shops, to the dashboards of cars and
                                                                                                              massive elegant carvings of exceptional elegance. The Elephanta
                        packaging of a wide array of consumer products. Today, you’ll see a few
                                                                                                              Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, was created in the 8th century;
                        of them, along with the art and architecture they inspire, and observe
                                                                                                              however, the caves may have had earlier Buddhist origins. The Island of
                        how they are worshiped on a daily basis.
                                                                                                              Elephanta was originally called Gharapuri, the City of Forts, until the
                           Depart from the pier for the drive to Mani Bhavan, Gandhi’s Bombay
                                                                                                              Portuguese renamed it Elephanta after a large carved elephant they
                        residence between 1917 and 1934, now a permanent museum and
                                                                                                              found near the location where their ships docked.
                        memorial to the Mahatma. It contains a research library of more than
                                                                                                                 Upon arrival at the landing stage, you will disembark the boat for a
                        20,000 volumes, and a series of tiny dioramas depicting his life story in
                                                                                                              walk up the long stairway to the top of the hill. The entrance to the main
                        an interesting fashion. Gandhi’s sitting and bedroom area is preserved
                                                                                                              cave is adorned with a verandah and pillar at each end. As you enter, you
                        behind glass.
                                                                                                              will see a magnificent sculpture of Shiva as Nataraj, Lord of the Cosmic
                           Continue on to see Mumbai’s best-known temple, which is dedicated
                                                                                                              Dance. You will also view an outstanding sculpture featuring a powerful
                        to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and beauty. The temple also contains
                                                                                                              bust of Trimurti, the three-faced Shiva that represents the Hindu trinity:
                        images of two other goddesses; Mahakali, goddess of strength, and
                                                                                                              Brahma, the Creator; Vishnu, the Preserver; and Shiva, the Destroyer. In
                        Mahasaraswati, goddess of wisdom. All three of these images are
                                                                                                              addition, you will find a number of scenes portraying Shiva with his
                        adorned with nose rings, gold bangles and pearl necklaces. Although
                                                                                                              consort, Parvati.
                        there has been a temple on this rocky outcrop for over 1,000 years, it was
                                                                                                                 After visiting the temple, you will depart for the return walk back to
                        not until the 18th century that the present building was erected.
                                                                                                              the landing stage, then re-board the boat for the return trip to the pier.
                           Your last stop is the historic Shri Siddhivinayak Temple, dedicated to
                        Lord Ganesh, the elephant-headed god. Inside is a figure of Ganesh,                   please note: This is a strenuous tour; it involves considerable walking, and
                        visible from any vantage point within the temple. As one of Hinduism’s                more than 130 steps to climb. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited
                                                                                                              mobility and guests who utilize a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear comfortable
                        most popular gods, Ganesh revered as a remover of obstacles, and his                  clothing and walking shoes, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses.
                        name is invoked before every undertaking.
                        please note: Proper attire is required to visit the sacred sites. Shorts and short
                        skirts are not allowed. Women must have their shoulders covered, and shoes must
                        be removed prior to entering the temples. We suggest bringing along a pair of thick
                        socks, as the pavement may be hot. While little walking is required on this tour,
                        there are a considerable number of stairs to negotiate at the temples. There are no
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                        Abu Dhabi City Tour • ABU-006
                        Duration: 4 Hours
                        Transport: Air-Conditioned Coach



                        The history, architecture and culture of the United Arab Emirates are
                        yours to discover during this scenic orientation tour of Abu Dhabi.
                           Depart the pier for an orientation drive through Abu Dhabi, the
                        capital city of the UAE. Founded in 1761, Abu Dhabi is situated on a
                        small peninsula surrounded by a cluster of islands. Your first stop will
                        be at the ancient renovated Al Hisn Fort, the former official residence
                        of the Sheikh.
                           Next, you will continue on to the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation,
                        which is housed in a delightful modern building of Islamic-design
                        with arching white colonnades, and serene courtyards and gardens.
                        Established in 1981, it features a weekly art exhibition, library, theater and
                        lecture halls. During your walking tour, you will learn about the history,
                        architecture and culture of Abu Dhabi. You will then proceed to the
                        fishing harbor, dhow yard and Heritage Village, which houses a small
                        museum and depicts the daily activities of the Arab community prior to
                        the discovery of oil.
                           Your tour will conclude with a drive along the spectacular corniche
                        and around the city of Abu Dhabi, known as the Manhattan of the Gulf             Abu Dhabi Orientation
                        due to a profusion of ultra-modern glazed skyscrapers, gleaming white            and High Tea at Emirates Palace • ABU-004
                        mosques and elegant high-rise apartments overlooking the city’s                  Duration: 26 Hours
                        magnificent skyline.                                                             Transport: Air-Conditioned Coach
                        please note: Female guests are encouraged to wear conservative attire covering
                        the shoulders, arms and knees. Order of the visit of the sites may vary.

                                                                                                         Embrace the beauty, cultures and traditions of the United Arab Emirates
                                                                                                         during an orientation tour of Abu Dhabi, and high tea at the spectacular
                                                                                                         Emirates Palace Hotel.
                                                                                                            Depart the pier for an orientation drive through Abu Dhabi, the
                                                                                                         capital city of the UAE. Founded in 1761, Abu Dhabi is situated on a
                                                                                                         small peninsula surrounded by a cluster of islands. Along the way, you
                                                                                                         will pass the famous Corniche, which offers spectacular views and photo
                                                                                                         opportunities of the city skyline, high-rise glass buildings and exquisite
                                                                                                         Emirates Palace Hotel.
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                                                                                                            Next, you will proceed for a visit to the Emirates Palace, the UAE’s
                                                                                                         most prestigious hotel. Upon arrival, you will take a walking tour of the
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                                                                                                         grounds and be served high tea; the highlight of this tour.
                                                                                                         please note: Guests are encouraged to wear smart-casual clothing; no open-toe
                                                                                                         sandals for men, jeans, T-shirts or shorts will be permitted. High tea includes your
                                                                                                         choice of tea or coffee only.

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                        ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES                                                           Falcon Hospital Tour • ABU-003
                                                                                                                  Duration: 35 Hours
                        M A R C H              2 9 ,      2 0 0 9
                                                                                                                  Transport: Air-Conditioned Coach


                        Al Khatim Desert by Off-Road Vehicle • ABU-002
                        Duration: 5 Hours                                                                         Observe the care and training of one of nature’s most majestic birds
                        Transport: Air-Conditioned Off Road Vehicle                                               during this unique visit to the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital.
                                                                                                                     Depart the pier for the drive to the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital. Upon
                                                                                                                  arrival, you will enter the fascinating world of falcons and falconry, and
                                                                                                                  visit the Falcon Museum. Here, you will see the special tools and
                        Explore Abu Dhabi in an exhilarating new way during this half-day,                        equipment involved in falconry, and explore its traditional heritage.
                        off-road desert journey in the Al Khatim Desert.                                          You will then proceed to the reception area to learn how falcons are
                           Depart the pier for the drive by off-road vehicle through Abu Dhabi,                   registered, and examine a falcon passport.
                        and on to the Al Khatim Desert. Upon arrival, you will traverse the sand                     Next, a visit will be made to the Examination Room, where you will
                        dunes that rise to imposing heights of up to 934 feet; the world’s                        see the falcons undergoing check-ups and treatments, and learn about
                        tallest. Along the way, a refreshment stop will be made between the                       the most common illnesses they face. After viewing a live endoscopy
                        dunes, which are surrounded by the tranquil sands of Arabia.                              performed on a falcon, you will continue on to the Intensive Care Unit.
                           Afterward, you will re-board your off-road vehicle for the return drive                This modern facility is home to the most advanced equipment for
                        to the pier in Abu Dhabi.                                                                 identifying even the rarest aviary diseases.
                        please note: This tour involves travel over bumpy, uneven terrain. This tour is not          Your tour will conclude outside the hospital, where you will have an
                        recommended for guests with back and/or neck problems. Children must be at least          opportunity to take photos of these majestic birds, and have a photo
                        four years old and accompanied by a parent to participate on this tour. Parents are       taken with one of them sitting on your arm. You can also watch them
                        advised to provide the age and height of the child so proper seats and safety belts       soar inside the free-flight cage area.
                        can be arranged. There are no restrooms in the desert; a restroom stop will be made
                                                                                                                     Following a falcon show and brief stop for refreshments, you will
                        at a fuel station before entering and after exiting, the desert. In the event any guest
                        has to answer nature’s call between while in the desert, it will have to be in the        re-board your coach for the return drive to the pier.
                        wilderness of the desert                                                                  please note: Female guests are encouraged to wear conservative attire covering
                                                                                                                  the shoulders, arms and knees.
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                        DOHA, QATAR
                        M A R C H                      3 0 ,           2 0 0 9


                        Doha City Tour • DOH-001
                        Duration: 35 Hours
                        Transport: Air-Conditioned Coach



                        Experience Qatar’s architecture, culture and traditions during this
                        scenic tour of the city.
                           Depart the pier for the drive to the Doha Corniche, a curving,
                        picturesque stretch of shoreline. Here, you will find colorful flowerbeds,
                        tall palms, old and new buildings, parklands, hotels, and landmark           Dune Bashing and Bedouin Lunch • DOH-003
                        architecture. Along the way, you will pass by the Dhow Harbor, named         Duration: 65 Hours
                        after the Arabic-styled boats that can be seen plying the calm waters of     Transport: Off-Road Vehicle
                        the bay.
                           Next, you will visit Al Rayyan, home of the Racing and Equestrian Club
                        (REC). For generations, this part of the city has been the hub of the
                        country’s equestrian activity, and features a racetrack that hosts such      Explore Qatar in a unique new way during this exhilarating off-road
                        prestigious events as the Qatar International Cup and Emir’s Cup.            desert journey and Bedouin lunch in the Southern Qatari Desert.
                           Your tour will continue with a stop at the Omani Souk, located               Depart the pier via off-road vehicle for the 47-mile drive across the
                        behind the wholesale section of the Central Market. This traditional         Southern Qatari Desert en route to the Inland Sea, an area renowned
                        marketplace offers many diverse goods, including fish, dates, agar           for its outstanding beauty. More than half of your drive will occur
                        wood, or oud, spices, nuts, perfumes, pottery, plants, and incense. Your     off-road, and traverse magnificent sand dunes climbing more than 160
                        tour will conclude with a visit to the bustling Old Souk, or Souk Waqif,     feet in height. During various stops made along the way, your guide will
                        the most traditional of the area’s souks. The Old Souk has evolved from      point out interesting facts about your surroundings.
                        its origins as a weekend market used by the Bedouins into a maze of             Upon reaching our Desert Camp, you will relax in Bedouin-style
                        narrow alleyways filled with small shops selling a variety of goods, and     surroundings complete with carpets, cushions and Arabic hospitality.
                        has been renovated to create the same rustic look that prevailed a           After a barbecued buffet lunch, some free time will be made available for
                        century ago.                                                                 swimming and relaxing; tables and chairs will be available on the beach.
                                                                                                        Following your journey, you will re-board your off-road vehicle for the
                        please note: The order of sites visited may vary.                            sunset drive back to Doha.
                                                                                                     please note: Each off-road vehicle will be driven by a local driver who does not
                                                                                                     speak English. An English-speaking guide will travel with the convoy, and give
                                                                                                     information during the various stops. Each off-road vehicle will accommodate four
                                                                                                     guests; one guest will be seated in the front, and three in the back. All seats in the
                                                                                                     off-road vehicles are forward facing. This tour is not recommended for guests with
                        This image is licensed under the Creative Commons                            limited mobility and guests who utilize a wheelchair. The drive from the pier to the
                        Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 License.
                                                                                                     entrance of the desert is approximately 45 minutes in each direction. The Bedouin
                                                                                                     tents can be used as changing rooms, and porta-toilets will be located on the
                                                                                                     beach. There are no freshwater showers. Guests are encouraged to wear a swimsuit
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                                                                                                     under a cover-up, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses, and bring a towel from the ship.
                                                                                                     Lunch includes bottled water, soft drinks, coffee, or tea.


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                        DOHA, QATAR                                                                              Sheik Faisal Private Museum
                                                                                                                 and Camel Racing Track • DOH-004
                        M A R C H             3 0 ,       2 0 0 9
                                                                                                                 Duration: 3 Hours
                                                                                                                 Transport: Air-Conditioned Coach
                        Dune Discovery • DOH-002
                        Duration: 4 Hours
                        Transport: Off-Road Vehicle                                                              Explore the heritage and traditions of the Qatari people during this
                                                                                                                 memorable visit to the camel-racing track, and a tour of the Sheik Faisal
                                                                                                                 Private Museum.
                                                                                                                    Depart the pier for the drive to the camel-racing track at Shahaniya.
                        Explore Qatar’s spectacular desert dunes and inland sea during this
                                                                                                                 Upon arrival, you will have an opportunity to see how the camels are
                        exhilarating half-day journey via off-road vehicle.
                                                                                                                 trained for racing. Camel-racing is an exciting sport that is revered by the
                           Depart the pier via off-road vehicle for the coastal drive south to the
                                                                                                                 Qataris, and representative of their national heritage. As a result of this
                        Sealine Beach Resort. Upon arrival, your vehicle will be prepared for the
                                                                                                                 important tradition, H.H the Emir and H.H the Heir Apparent have
                        exciting journey ahead; some air will be released from the tires to enable
                                                                                                                 decreed camel races be held on an annual basis.
                        them to drive smoothly over the soft sand of the magnificent dunes.
                                                                                                                    Next, you will proceed to the 53,820-square-foot private museum
                        Your exhilarating ride will include panoramic views of the spectacular
                                                                                                                 belonging to Royal Family member Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani.
                        desert sand dunes and inland sea. During various stops made along the
                                                                                                                 During your guided tour, you will view an extensive collection of more
                        way, your guide will point out interesting facts about your surroundings.
                                                                                                                 than 3,000 Arabian and Islamic artifacts, weapons, Bedouin jewelry,
                           Following your off-road journey, you will be transferred back to
                                                                                                                 traditional doors, manuscripts, fossils, carpets, embroideries, antique
                        the pier.
                                                                                                                 furniture, and books. The museum also features a comprehensive
                        please note: Each off-road vehicle will be driven by a local driver who does not         collection of historic cars, including a 19th-century steam-powered vehicle.
                        speak English. An English-speaking guide will travel with the convoy, and give              Following your tour, you will re-board your coach for the return drive
                        information during the various stops. Each off-road vehicle will accommodate four        to the pier in Doha.
                        guests; one guest will be seated in the front, and three in the back. All seats in the
                        off-road vehicles are forward facing. This tour is not recommended for guests with
                        limited mobility and guests who utilize a wheelchair.
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                                                                                                               modern Islamic architecture. From here, you will drive on for another
                        DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES                                                            photo stop near the Burj al Arab, a world-renowned five-star hotel and
                        M A R C H             3 1 ,      2 0 0 9                                               famous landmark of the city. You will then drive toward Sheikh Zayed
                                                                                                               Road, the Manhattan of Dubai, where tall glass buildings line both sides
                                                                                                               of the street. You will also pass by the Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest
                        Cruise Around Palm Island • DBA-002                                                    building under construction, and the World Trade Center, Dubai’s
                        Duration: 5 Hours                                                                      premier landmark and once the tallest structure in the region.
                        Transport: Air-Conditioned Coach and Boat                                                 Next, you will continue on to Bastakia, one of the oldest areas in the
                                                                                                               city. Here, you will see the well-preserved ancient houses and wind
                                                                                                               towers, or barajeels, which were used to cool homes in the days before
                        Discover Jumeirah’s renowned Palm Island, The World, and other                         electricity. After a brief photo stop, you will proceed for a visit to the
                        expansive modern building and development projects during this scenic                  Dubai Museum, which is housed in the 18th-century Al Fahidi Fort. The
                        boat tour along the Dubai coast.                                                       museum features realistic displays that include sound effects, and offers
                           Depart the pier for the drive to the marina. Upon arrival, you will                 a glimpse of Dubai’s history, including trading and pearl diving.
                        board your boat for a 3-hour guided cruise to view some of Dubai’s                        Your tour will conclude with a visit to the Aromatic Spice Souk, where
                        most historic and renowned sites. Along the way, you will pass by                      your olfactory senses will be heightened as you pass by a variety of spice
                        Jumeirah’s renowned Palm Island, a tree-shaped island on land                          shops. From here, you will take a stroll and browse the dazzling jewelry
                        reclaimed from the sea that will add about 75 miles of sandy beaches                   at the famous Gold Souk, one of the world’s largest gold markets. A
                        to the Dubai coast and be visible from the moon. Palm Island is located                visual feast, the Gold Souk offers exquisite gold jewelry for sale at
                        south of Dubai City, and was built in the shape of 17 huge fronds                      discounted prices.
                        surrounded by 7.5 miles of protective barrier reefs, or crescents, that                   Following your tour, you will re-board your coach for the return drive
                        extend 3 miles into the sea. You will also see picturesque coastal views               to the pier.
                        as you sail past the Madinat Jumeirah Hotel, Burj Al Arab Hotel and                    please note: There is approximately 45 minutes of walking inside the Dubai
                        The World, a collection of 300 private islands in the shape of countries               Museum, and Spice and Gold Souks.
                        located off the Dubai coast.
                           Following your tour, you will be returned to the marina, where you will
                        disembark your tour boat and be transferred back to the pier.
                        please note: Various villas, hotels and residential complexes are under
                        construction at Palm Island, and land is being reclaimed from the sea at The World.
                        As a result, your boat will not be permitted to sail in between the palm fronds, and
                        must keep a distance of just over a mile away from land when passing by these areas.
                        The type of boat (yacht or catamaran) to be used will depend upon the number
                        of guests participating on this tour.


                        Discover Dubai Old and New • DBA-004
                        Duration: 4 Hours
                        Transport: Air-Conditioned Coach



                        Experience the scenic beauty and history of the City of Merchants
                        during this half-day orientation drive and walking tour through
                        picturesque Dubai.
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                           Dubai, the second largest of the seven United Arab Emirates, is
                        considered to be the commercial capital of the United Arab Emirates
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                        and Middle East. Renowned as the City of Merchants for its long history
                        of trade, Dubai today is a unique blend of East and West; a fascinating
                        potpourri of Oriental charm and Western modernity.
                           Depart the pier for a scenic drive through the city. Your tour will begin
                        with a photo stop at the Jumeirah Mosque, a magnificent example of
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                                                                                                                  lanterns and Arabic music in the background will add to the Arabian
                        DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES                                                               ambience and hospitality. At the Bedouin camp, you will have an
                        M A R C H              3 1 ,      2 0 0 9                                                 opportunity to participate in a variety of pre-dinner activities, including
                                                                                                                  camel rides and sand-boarding. Set-up in a separate area will be a water
                        Dubai from Above • DBA-001                                                                pipe, or shisha station, where you can relax and enjoy a puff or two of
                                                                                                                  flavored tobacco. You can also have one of the Henna ladies draw a
                        Duration: 2 Hours (30-Minute Flight)
                                                                                                                  beautiful intricate pattern (temporary tattoo) on your hand before sitting
                        Transport: Air-Conditioned Vehicle and Helicopter                                         down to an Arabian-styled barbecue dinner featuring various cuts of
                                                                                                                  fresh meats cooked on an open fire. After dinner, the highlight of your
                                                                                                                  visit will be a belly-dancing performance.
                        Take sightseeing to new heights during this picturesque and exhilarating                     Following your tour, you will re-board your off-road vehicle for the
                        flight over Dubai.                                                                        return drive to the pier and ship.
                            Depart the pier in a chauffeur-driven private sedan for the drive to the              please note: This tour is not recommended for guests with back or neck problems,
                        helipad. Upon arrival, you will board your awaiting helicopter, then take                 guests with limited mobility and guests who utilize a wheelchair. Guests wishing to
                        off for a 30-minute tour of Dubai City by air. As you fly over the city, you              ride a camel or sand board will be required to sign a disclaimer. Children under two
                        will encounter wonderful birds-eye views and photo opportunities of                       years of age will not be permitted on this tour. All children must be accompanied by
                        the abras and dhows on the creek, wind-towered houses of the Old Town                     a parent. Advance notice of age and height must be provided in order to arrange
                        and ships in Port Rashid. You will also see the dramatic high-rise office                 proper child seats and safety belts. There will be one guide per 10 vehicles.
                        blocks and hotels of the modern city on Sheikh Zayed Road. Next, you
                        will fly past Burj Dubai, soon to be the world’s tallest building, Burj                   Modern Dubai and High Tea at Burj Al Arab • DBA-007
                        Al Arab and Palm Jumeirah. Your pilot will provide you with live                          Duration: 5 Hours
                        commentary throughout the flight.
                                                                                                                  Transport: Air-Conditioned Coach
                            Following your flight, you will be returned to the helipad, and re-board
                        your coach for the return drive to the pier and ship.
                        please note: Due to passenger safety, comfort, weight and balance limitations,
                        guests weighing more than 175 pounds must inform The Regent Travel Concierge              Take a journey into Dubai’s future during a memorable visit to
                        Manager on board the ship. Each flight will accommodate four guests; all will be          the ultra-modern Burj Al Arab Hotel, and an orientation tour of this
                        seated in the rear and face each other. For security purposes, guests must request        cosmopolitan city.
                        this tour at least six days prior to date of call. Participants must also provide their       Depart the pier for the drive to the Burj Al Arab, one of the world’s
                        camera serial number (for still and video) when selecting this tour. Children under       most popular hotels, and a landmark of the city. Upon arrival, you will
                        two years of age will not be permitted on this tour. Children must be accompanied         proceed to a private room for high tea. Afterward, you will continue on
                        by a parent. Advance notice of age and height must be provided in order to secure
                                                                                                                  for a visit to the Madinat Souk, part of the renowned Madinat Jumeirah.
                        proper child seats and safety belts.
                                                                                                                  This modern market is built to resemble the traditional souks, and is
                                                                                                                  famous for its many boutique shops and restaurants. Approximately one
                        Dune Dinner Safari • DBA-012                                                              hour will be made available to browse the shops at your leisure.
                        Duration: 64 Hours                                                                            After your visit to Madinat Souk, you will take an orientation drive
                        Transport: Air-Conditioned Off-Road Vehicle                                               through the modern portions of Dubai. A brief stop will be made at
                                                                                                                  the marina overlooking the lagoon. Next, you will then drive through the
                                                                                                                  residential area of Jumeirah Beach, then on to Emirates Hill, the Springs
                        Capture the beauty of Dubai’s desert like never before during this sunset                 and Meadows, which are today Dubai’s most-sought after residential
                        dinner safari that includes champagne, strawberries, a Bedouin camp                       areas. Your drive will continue along the famous Mall of the Emirates,
                        visit and belly dance performance.                                                        which houses the 3rd-largest indoor ski dome, then on to Sheikh Zayed
                            Depart the pier for the drive into the desert. Upon arrival, you will                 Road, the Manhattan of Dubai.
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                        experience the beauty of the desert after dark during an exhilarating                         Your tour will conclude with a drive past Burj Dubai, which will be the
                        dune-bashing session in which your off-road vehicle traverses the steep                   tallest building in the world upon completion, then through the center
                                                                                                                  of the new downtown area before returning to the pier and ship.
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                        dunes. Along the way, photo stops will be made to capture the sun as
                        it sets on the horizon. You will then proceed to a high dune, where you                   please note: The dress code is smart-casual; no jeans, shorts, T-shirts or open-toed
                        will be greeted with champagne and strawberries in Arabian-styled                         sandals will be permitted on this tour. A minimum of 40 participants is required in
                        surroundings set-up lit by mashals, and featuring carpets and a canopy.                   order to secure a private room for high tea.
                            Next, you will take a sunset drive to a Bedouin camp nestled on a
                        serene enclave in the dunes. The soft lighting emitted from traditional
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