14 Night Cruise sailing from Colombo to Dubai aboard Boudicca.
With Boudicca as your guide, you’ll take in an array of inspirational sights and authentic experiences showcasing the remarkable diversity of one of the world’s most engrossing countries. Contrasting traditional treasures and modern marvels, fascinating spiritual sites and areas of breathtaking natural beauty will present a snapshot of India’s many sides and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Before your immersive exploration of India begins, you’ll have time in Colombo to explore the spectacular Sri Lankan capital, with its beautiful Buddhist and Hindu temples, mosques, museums and busy bazaars, in-depth. Two days on board Boudicca follow, sailing to India via the Maldives’ remote, postcard-perfect Northern Atoll. Kochi, which has attracted explorers, traders and travellers the Kerala State’s picturesque coast for centuries, is the first intoxicating Indian destination on your itinerary. During your overnight stay, you’ll have chance to see the famous Chinese cantilever fishing nets, the British Commonwealth’s oldest synagogue and much more. The iconic Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, is within reach on an overland tour too. Another overnight stay, this time in Goa, is a treat to savour next. Mormugão is your gateway to Old Goa and the UNESCO-listed Latin Quarter, which, with their fine examples of Portuguese colonial architecture, beautiful churches and charming old houses, highlight India’s European heritage. Postcard-perfect beaches can be found just a short distance from your ship’s docking location too.
Magnificent Mumbai offers an enthralling mix of old and modern India. From admiring the British-style buildings of the historic Colaba quarter and the UNESCO-listed Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Railway Station, to visiting the Dhobi Ghat – the world’s largest open-air laundry district – and spotting busy Dabbawallas delivering lunches across the city, a plethora of diverse experiences and sights await you here. Stopping overnight in Mumbai affords you time to fully immerse yourself in all the legendary hustle and bustle of the city too. Finally, your time in India will come to an end at Porbandar. As the birthplace of Gandhi – the ‘Father of India’ – this coastal city is the perfect place conclude your epic Indian exploration. Be sure to visit Kirti Mandir – Gandhi’s childhood home – and the Sudama Temple, a Hindu pilgrimage site dedicated to the devotee of Lord Krishna, to capture the spiritual importance of Porbandar.
Highlights of this cruise:
Colombo, Sri Lanka
The port city of Colombo on Sri Lanka's Western coast is rich with colonial heritage, religions, races and cultures. With a population of over 4.5 million people, Colombo is a bustling, fascinating and noisy city. It combines Dutch and British colonial buildings, with Buddhist temples, Islamic mosques, Christian churches, and modern gleaming skyscrapers. The impressive Colombo National Museum, dedicated to Sri Lankan history, is worth uncovering and it borders the sprawling Viharamahadevi Park, home to a giant Buddha.
The narrow cobbled streets of Pettah, the main bazaar district, are full of shops and street markets selling an amazing array of goods at bargain prices. There are plenty of places to eat, from small shops selling pancakes to coffee shops and upmarket restaurants.
A more rustic, slow-paced Sri Lankan experience can be found in nearby Negombo, with its quaint village streets and lively fish market. Alternatively, sun seekers can venture to the private beach of Mt. Lavinia, located on the breath-taking Golden Mile beachfront; a living legacy to the secret love story between the British Governor General of Ceylon, Sir Thomas Maitland, and the mestizo dancer, Lovina.
Mormugão is the main port of the tiny State of Goa, renowned for superb beaches and a colonial history that combines the best of Indian and Portuguese culture.
Known as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’, Goa showcases a mix of scenic beauty and architectural delights, from golden beaches and spice plantations to striking temples and bustling markets.
The Arch of the Viceroys was built in 1597 to commemorate Vasco da Gama’s arrival in India, while the nearby Church of St. Cajetan is modelled on St. Peter’s in Rome. Opposite the magnificent Se Cathedral at Old Goa – one of the largest churches in Asia, is the Basilica of Bom. Here the remains of Francis Xavier, a founder of the Jesuit order and patron saint of Goa, lie in a silver casket next to the altar.
Yoga is king in Goa, and the crop of spiritual activities available to visitors grows each year. T’ai chi sessions, Reiki healing courses, meditation, and most forms of spiritual exploration are all practised freely. The scents, spices and flavours of Goa’s cuisine is the area’s other main attraction, and the Indo-Portuguese influence will surprise and tantalise even seasoned travellers.
Once a cluster of seven islands covered with coconut palms, Mumbai, formerly Bombay, is a sprawling, vibrant city on India’s west coast. It is a busy, densely-populated city, home to India’s most prolific film industry, Bollywood, and the largest tropical forest in an urban zone.
Mumbai can prove to be a surprising introduction to India. On its harbour waterfront stands the iconic Gateway of India stone arch; through it is India’s centre for finance and fashion, and a fervent religious crossroads. As such the city’s furious energy – and often heavy air pollution – can make it a totally different experience for visitors.
But once in Mumbai’s heart, some of the most imposing colonial-era architecture on earth is on view, as are its secret bazaars, hidden temples, and India’s top restaurants and intense nightlife.
The cultural mix is extraordinary: religious sites like the Jain Temple and the closely guarded Parsi Towers of Silence all exist happily next to the Victoria Railway Terminus, the Royal Bombay Yacht Club and the Ghandi Memorial Museum. The unique and popular bazaars offer souvenir trinkets, traditional shawls and shoes all ready to be bartered over.
Venturing beyond Mumbai, the elusive and lesser known Elephanta Caves are captivating. Set in attractive surroundings of lush green vegetation, vines and towering trees, Elephanta Island offers a stark contrast from the bustling inner city of Mumbai. The eerie Buddhist and Hindu caves, and their honeycomb of halls, shrines and pillars, are a must-see.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
To the south of the Arabian Peninsula, Dubai uniquely blends traditional Arabia with the lure of an ultramodern city. The emirate is a relatively new tourist destination that has gained popularity through its luxury shopping and stunning architecture. It is a world of sharp contrasts: from the contemporary malls, hotels and theme parks to the historic culture of Dubai’s Shindagha and Bastakiya districts.
Experience the soaring Burj Khalifa Tower, the world’s tallest building, visit the man-made Atlantis Palm Island or take a drive through the Arabian Desert, where the sand dunes display a spectacular sight at sunrise. The beaches stretch as far as the eye can see – the water sports on Kite Beach are a particular attraction – and limitless culinary delights await in award-winning Michelin star restaurants. The city is alive 24/7, and the nightlife is famously upbeat. Some tranquillity, however, can be found at the Al-Mamzar Park.
Dynamic Dubai is constantly developing and evolving, including what can be picked up in the traditional Souks. From the usual spices and delicious local treats to more extravagant items including gold, silver, precious stones and perfumes, the atmospheric lanes of old Dubai are piled high with aromatic and glittering surprises.
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