On board MS EUROPA from Mumbai (Bombay) to Singapore

Winter fairy tale in the Indian Ocean

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Experience and relaxation go hand in hand along the coastlines of the Indian subcontinent. The churches and monasteries in the forests of Goa will never cease to surprise you, whilst in Cochin and Galle you will find reminders of colonial times. The marble splendour of the Taj Mahal is resplendent for all eternity. Unforgettable impressions rounded off by some time spent relaxing in the lagoons and on the beaches of the Lakkadives and Andaman Islands.


from Mumbai (Bombay) to Singapore

Cruise dates:from 06.12.2016 to 22.12.2016 (16 days)
Your ship: MS EUROPA
Cruise number: EUR1625

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This cruise is operated in German. For individual programmes kindly ask our travel concierge.

Highlights of this cruise

•   UNESCO World Heritage Sites: churches and monasteries in Goa*, the Taj Mahal* and the old town of Galle*.

•   Goa – Portuguese heritage in Indian’s smallest state

•   Idyllic beach days on the Andaman Islands and Lakkadives

•   Perfume cruise with renowned experts on board

•   Vitality at Sea – activity programme and health advice on board

Itinerary

Tue, 06.12.2016

Scheduled flight Germany – Mumbai (Bombay)
Transfer to a first-class hotel, overnight stay with breakfast

Wed, 07.12.2016

Mumbai (Bombay)
City tour with lunch, followed by embarkation on the EUROPA, overnight on board

Mumbai (Bombay)/India
Arrive a little early to enjoy the highlights of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur on our pre-cruise programme “India – the golden triangle” before joining the EUROPA.

 

 

Thu, 08.12.2016

Mumbai (Bombay)/India, departure 21.00 hrs**

Fri, 09.12.2016

Marmagao (Goa), 7.00 – 14.30 hrs

Marmagao (Goa)/India
For almost 450 years, the Portuguese colonial rulers dominated India’s smallest state. Still today, there is plenty to remind you of that era and you can see its legacy in the new capital, Panaji*. In Velha Goa* as well, beautiful cathedrals and historic buildings still remain in the middle of the forest. An overland excursion lasting several days will take you to Agra, where you can see the fairy-tale majesty of the Taj Mahal* – a world-famous, marble monument to love, built by the Mughal emperor as a mausoleum for his much-loved late wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Today the colossal monument is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The Red Fort was also built according to the designs of Shah Jahan and the royal family once lived behind its fortified walls.

Sat, 10.12.2016

Agatti/Lakkadives***, 10.30 – 18.00 hrs

Agatti/Lakkadives/India
These tiny coral islands in the vast expanse of the Indian Ocean have remained little-known gems for those looking for some relaxing time away from it all. Discover the blue lagoons and fascinating underwater world and enjoy an untroubled day in paradise.

Sun, 11.12.2016

Cochin, 11.00 – 19.00 hrs

Cochin/India
The sight of the Chinese fishing nets* is as famous as it is unforgettable: they have been adorning the coastlines for centuries and show you the way to some beautiful sights. Walk through the old town of Fort Cochin*, go on a boat trip* to St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India, and marvel at the Hindu murals in Mattancherry Palace*. The tranquil beauty of the Alleppey backwaters*, a labyrinth of lagoons, lakes and alluvial land, is like something out of a painting. Glide through the magical scenery in a local boat and learn all about the traditional lifestyles of the fishermen.

Mon, 12.12.2016

Relaxation at sea

Tue, 13.12.2016

Galle/Sri Lanka, 7.00 – 19.00 hrs [@

Galle/Sri Lanka

The thick fortified walls of the Dutch fort protect a little piece of Dutch colonial history: walk through the lovingly restored old town* and take a detour to see the curious collection in the Historical Mansion Museum*. Life along the Madu Ganga river* has changed little over the years and with luck you may see some native species of birds, as well as get some insights into traditional farming in the mangrove forests on the spice island.

Wed, 14.12.2016

Relaxation at sea

Thu, 15.12.2016

Chennai (Madras)/India, 7.00 hrs – 19.00 hrs

Chennai (Madras)/India
From an important trading post of the British East India Company, Chennai has developed into a modern city in the Tamil Nadu region. Three-wheeled tuk-tuks can be seen everywhere here and their expert drivers will take you on a tour* of the lively streets as they tell you everything you need to know. Kanchipuram* is a holy city. For more than a thousand years, Hindus have been making pilgrimages to the “city of a thousand temples” to honour the deities Shiva and Vishnu. Colonnades with fanciful sculptures and stelae, towers with artistic reliefs and ancient temples give this holy place a spectacular and enthralling kind of majesty.

Fri, 16.12.2016
- Sat, 17.12.2016

Relaxation at sea

Sun, 18.12.2016

Havelock Island/Andaman Islands, 9.00 – 16.00 hrs

Havelock Island/Andaman Islands/India
The beautiful beaches in the Bay of Bengal promise relaxation to the sound of the waves. On some days, visitors are treated to a bizarre sight when the island’s elephants trudge along the white sands against the backdrop of the endless blue horizon.

Mon, 19.12.2016
- Tue, 20.12.2016

Relaxation at sea

Wed, 21.12.2016

Singapore, arrival 7.00 hrs
City tour with lunch, day room in a first-class hotel, transfer to scheduled flight to Germany in the evening

Singapore

Your cruise ends in the Lion City, or you can extend it with our post-cruise programme* “Singapore – the multicultural city state”.

Thu, 22.12.2016

Arrival in Germany

 

* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.

** Subject to tides.

*** Subject to official approval.

 

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Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German.
For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.

Following programmes we offer in German:

PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: INDIA – THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE


POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: SINGAPORE – THE MULTICULTURAL CITY STATE

Vitality at Sea

 

Our Vitality at Sea programme pays special attention to your health. Take part in lectures and courses, which will vary according to each cruise and are offered in conjunction with some well-known partners, and treat yourself to some refreshing downtime far away from everyday life.