On board MS EUROPA from Dubai to Singapore

The Advent period in the Indian Ocean

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Spend the time leading up to Christmas on the sunny side of life and enjoy new experiences every day. The colourful variety of India will captivate your senses with fragrant spice markets, marble palaces and complex waterways. Nature provides the most beautiful gifts: enjoy heaven on earth on the white sandy beaches of the Maldives and leave everyday life far behind on Thailand’s idyllic green island, Ko Phi Phi Don. Treat yourself to an idyllic Advent period.


from Dubai to Singapore

Cruise dates:from 02.12.2015 to 21.12.2015 (19 days)
Your ship: MS EUROPA
Cruise number: EUR1526

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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: Taj Mahal* and Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy*
  • The fjords in Musandam*
  • Amazing India – Delhi, Agra and the Taj Mahal*
  • Idyllic beaches in the Maldives and on Koh Rok Nok
  • Vitality at Sea – activity programme and health advice on board

 

 

Itinerary

Wed, 02.12.2015

Scheduled flight from Germany to Dubai
Transfer to a first-class hotel, overnight stay with breakfast

Thu, 03.12.2015

Dubai
City tour with lunch,
followed by embarkation on the EUROPA
Dubai/United Arab Emirates, departure 22.00 hrs

Dubai/United Arab Emirates
Arrive earlier and take a little longer to explore “Dubai – boom town in the desert” as part of our pre-cruise programme*.

Fri, 04.12.2015

Khasab/Oman, 7.00 – 15.00 hrs

Khasab/Musandam/Oman
Which side of the remote Musandam Peninsula would you prefer to explore? The cultural heritage left behind by the Portuguese more than 350 years ago in KHASAB AND BUKHA*? Or the impressive mountain scenery of Jebel Harim*? You can also enjoy some unforgettable sights on a dhow tour* along the deep-blue fjords, which are also a great place to go for a dip. Let all your holiday dreams come true.

Sat, 05.12.2015
- Sun, 06.12.2015

Relaxation at sea

Mon, 07.12.2015

Mumbai (Bombay)/India, 6.00 – 19.00 hrs

Mumbai (Bombay)/India
This megacity is in a world of its own, with smells, colours and sounds to draw you under its spell. With its sacred cows, yellow rickshaws and people delivering lunch boxes, you will be taken on a fascinating journey of discovery as far as the Gateway of India. In the upmarket district of Colaba*, you will have an opportunity to browse the many market stalls to look for exotic souvenirs before attending a British-style afternoon tea in the famous Taj Mahal Hotel. The hotel’s world-famous namesake is in Agra*. On an overland excursion to Delhi*, you can marvel at the marble monument to love.

Tue, 08.12.2015

Relaxation at sea

Wed, 09.12.2015

Cochin, 9.00 – 23.00 hrs

Cochin/India
“Kochi” has its island location to thank for its former riches from the spice trade, as well as for some of its most beautiful sights. Enjoy the views of the old Chinese fishing nets and explore the city along its picturesque canals*. You can also see some of India’s greenery from the water: Glide past the palm-fringed banks on a houseboat tour through the tranquil backwaters of Alleppey*. Exotic scents will tempt you to visit the fruit and vegetable market and on to a private cookery* class, where you can of course try the dishes for yourself.

Thu, 10.12.2015

Relaxation at sea

Fri, 11.12.2015

Male/Maldives, 8.00 – 23.30 hrs

Male/North Male Atoll/Maldives
All routes in this isolated island state lead to its lively capital, where little fishing boats are anchored next to yachts, cargo ships and water taxis in the port. Take a seaplane flight* to enjoy your first unforgettable panoramic view of the islands, shimmering like opals in the turquoise-blue sea.

Sat, 12.12.2015

Maldives 7.00 – 19.00 hrs

Maldives
White sandy beaches, the endless expanse of the ocean and beautiful warm waters are what make the Maldives paradise on earth. On board the EUROPA, you can explore some of the most beautiful of the 1,200 or so coral islands. The reefs and lagoons are home to a colourful underwater world, which you can easily explore with a snorkel and mask.

Sun, 13.12.2015

Relaxation at sea

Mon, 14.12.2015

Colombo/Sri Lanka, 6.00 – 21.00 hrs

Colombo/Sri Lanka
Discover the many different sides of Ceylon: Whilst different eras and cultures meet in the island’s turbulent capital, you can take a trip on the nostalgic Viceroy Special* to visit the lush greenery in the middle of Sri Lanka. A highlight of the trip is a visit to the elephant orphanage*. You will discover the secrets of aromatic tea on a plantation* which is still operating today. Or you can visit the last remaining home of the Singhalese kings: in Kandy*, the Temple of the Tooth Relic attracts Buddhists from all over the world.

Tue, 15.12.2015

Hambantota, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

Hambantota/Sri Lanka
Immerse yourself in the everyday lives of the inhabitants of this rapidly developing fishing town, or observe the wildlife in Yala National Park*. Here you can see the unique Sri Lankan elephant as well as the amazing leopard population. The pilgrimage town of Katharagama* is a melting pot of world religions. Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and the native Veddas come here to worship their deities alongside one another in the middle of the jungle.

Wed, 16.12.2015
- Thu, 17.12.2015

Relaxation at sea

Fri, 18.12.2015

Koh Rok Nok/Thailand, 10.00 – 19.00 hrs

Koh Rok Nok/Thailand
The Zodiacs will take you to a little piece of paradise on Earth – the bays of Koh Rok Nok. Enjoy a day on the beach with plenty of time to daydream, relax and sunbathe.

Sat, 19.12.2015

Relaxation at sea

Sun, 20.12.2015

Singapore, arrival at 6.00 hrs
City tour, day room in a first-class hotel
Evening transfer to scheduled flight to Germany

Singapore
Following a city tour, set off back to Germany. Or stay a little longer for our post-cruise programme* in “Singapore – the multicultural city state”.

Mon, 21.12.2015

Arrival in Germany

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

= at anchor
= Zodiac landing

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: DUBAI – BOOM TOWN IN THE DESERT


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


HOTEL LANDHAUS WACHTELHOF: TWO-DAY “ATLANTIC” CRUISE ARRANGEMENT

Vitality at Sea

Pay special attention to your health with our Vitality at Sea programme. Take part in lectures and courses, which will vary according to each cruise and are offered in conjunction with some well-known partners. Topics such as movement and nutrition will be discussed, relaxation techniques will be taught, the philosophy behind Pilates will be introduced or the focus will be on beauty. With Vitality at Sea, you can devote yourself to a self-aware lifestyle far away from everyday life and you will have the time to give your body the attention it deserves.